Temporomandibular joint dysfunction, commonly known as TMD, can be the cause of significant discomfort for patients. It can lead to difficulty chewing, as well as lasting soreness. At the Covina prosthodontic practice of Dr. Saeda Basta, we provide patients with custom, durable mouth guards to minimize the discomfort that can arise from excessive clenching and other contributing factors.
In order to help patients understand why they may need these appliances, our team at St. Mary Dental has created this guide to explain some of the benefits that a professional mouth guard offers.
Why Choose a Professional Mouth guard?
While over-the-counter mouth guards can be purchased at most retail stores and supermarkets, they often fail to provide the comprehensive support that patients need.
Accurately Shaped: Our professionally crafted mouth guards are able to more closely adhere to the unique shape of your teeth, providing comfort that is unmatched by over-the-counter guards. The guards provided by our practice are comfortable and will remain in place throughout the night or day, as needed. Digitally produced splints, or guards, like those produced at our office help our patients relax the muscles of their jaw, and gain the greatest benefit from wearing the guard.
Durable Materials: While store-bought mouthguards can help protect patients against the excessive pressures that result from clenching, they are made from soft rubber materials. Patients who use these guards for an extended period of time often find that they chew through them, as the soft rubber is not built to last.
The materials provided by companies like Great Lakes Orthodontics ensure that these splints are more rigid and cannot be chewed through when a patient clenches or grinds. These guards also allow patients’ teeth to slide off each other, redirecting the pressure of the bite.
Continued Support: Another important feature of a professionally made mouthguard is the support of the dental professional who provided it. If patients find they continue to experience discomfort, they are able to return to the dentist, who will then help them to explore alternative options to a dental splint. In addition, if the splint warps, or something happens in the bite to make its fit less ideal, it can be remade.
Alleviate TMD Symptoms at St. Mary Dental
If you are experiencing the soreness of TMD and are interested in a high quality, professionally crafted guard instead of an over-the-counter temporary, contact Dr. Basta at St. Mary Dental today! Schedule a consultation today!