Mouth Guards Specialist

Novato Family Dental Care

Cosmetic & General Dentistry located in Novato, CA

Mouth guards provide protection for your teeth by stopping them from rubbing or knocking together. At Novato Family Dental Care in Novato, California, dentists Clayton Perry, DDS, and Vincent Freemantle, DDS, offer custom mouth guards to treat bruxism and prevent impact injuries. To schedule a consultation for a mouth guard, call Novato Family Dental Care or book one online today.

Mouth Guards Q & A

What are mouth guards?

Mouth guards are custom devices you place over your teeth for protective purposes. They provide a barrier between your upper and lower rows of teeth to keep them from rubbing together or hitting each other on impact. 

At Novato Family Dental Care, the team creates mouth guards using impressions of your teeth. That makes for a precise and comfortable fit that you can wear over and over again. Some people need mouth guards as they sleep, while others only need them for impact sports with the potential for mouth injuries. 

In any case, the team at Novato Family Dental Care makes sure you’re happy with the way your mouth guard fits. Mouth guards that fit correctly can prevent serious dental damage like tooth wear, chips, and knocked-out teeth. 

Which type of mouth guard do I need?

Novato Family Dental Care offers mouth guards in a variety of materials and designs. You might need to try a few options before you find a mouth guard that meets your needs. 

At Novato Family Dental Care, you can get protective mouth guards for two purposes:

Bruxism

Bruxism, or teeth grinding, is a common habit. Due to stress and other factors, you might grind your teeth at night, which causes wear and places stress on the temporomandibular joints. Wearing your mouth guard for bruxism can prevent temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). 

Sports

Protective mouth guards for athletes can prevent cracked teeth, chips, and knocked-out teeth. They work well for athletes of all ages in sports like football, hockey, basketball, and soccer. 

What is the process of getting a mouth guard?

Getting a mouth guard at Novato Family Dental Care requires an initial visit and consultation. The team looks at your teeth for damage that already exists from bruxism, including tooth wear and TMJ. 

Once they determine the state of your oral health and function, the team at Novato Family Dental Care creates your custom-made mouth guard. They take impressions of your teeth and discuss options for materials and designs for your mouth guard. 

Once your mouth guard is ready, you can check the fit one last time at the office. If it doesn’t feel right for any reason, you can schedule another appointment to discuss alternatives with the team. 

To schedule an appointment for a mouth guard consultation and fitting, call Novato Family Dental Care or book an appointment online today.