Feel Confident and Protected with Our Custom-fitted Nightguards and Athletic Mouthguards

Worrying about your smile is normal if you gnash, clench, or grind your teeth at night. It’s also natural to be nervous about your smile when playing sports. Fortunately, a custom mouthguard from Gerald Middleton DDS in Riverside, California, is all you need to cast away these worries. Mouthguards are removable dental appliances that protect teeth and other oral structures from trauma, teeth grinding, and other factors. 

The detrimental effects of teeth grinding

Bruxism or chronic teeth grinding (bruxism) is when you unconsciously grind your teeth during sleep or daytime. The force exerted during teeth grinding damages your teeth and overworks your jaw muscles and joints. Although bruxism may not cause obvious symptoms to some people, others experience severe symptoms, depending on the pressure exerted during teeth grinding and clenching. 

These are the common symptoms of bruxism.

  • Jaw pain or soreness
  • Morning headaches and migraines
  • Facial tension
  • Pain in the neck or upper back
  • Teeth that appear flattened
  • Cracked or loose teeth
  • Gum recession or sensitive teeth

Untreated bruxism can cause irreparable damage to your teeth. Root canals may restore teeth whose fractures have extended to the pulp chamber, but sometimes extraction may be the best treatment for teeth beyond restoration. 

Nightguards for teeth-grinding

Custom-designed nightguards are one of the effective solutions for nighttime bruxism. A nightguard creates a protective barrier between the lower and upper teeth. A dental guard protects your teeth and the need for restorative treatments. Furthermore, a nightguard eliminates morning headaches and jaw pain. 

Customized sports mouthguards

Playing sports like rugby, boxing, hockey, etc., can put you at risk of dental injuries such as cracked teeth, bleeding gums, and concussions. Sports guards are made from a resilient, shock-absorbing material designed to absorb and distribute the force of an impact. An athletic dental guard cushions your teeth, jaw, and soft tissues from blows and knocks, reducing the risk of dental injuries.

Shield your smile with professional dental guards 

Don’t let sports injuries or teeth grinding compromise your oral health and well-being. Please call (951) 688-3442 for a customized mouthguard from Gerald Middleton DDS, in Riverside, CA. We can’t wait to protect your smile.