Signs You Need a Mouthguard

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Have you ever woken up with a stiff, sore jaw, or you enjoy contact sports but never wear any protection for your teeth? Both of these, and more, are signs that you should look into getting a mouthguard.

Here at River Vista Dentistry, we create custom mouthguards to protect your smile against athletic injuries and bruxism (teeth grinding), teeth clenching, and more. Below, we’ll walk through some of the common signs and symptoms of bruxism, and how the custom mouthguard process works at our Charlotte, North Carolina dental office.

What Is Bruxism (Teeth Grinding)?

Bruxism, or teeth grinding, is a condition that causes you to grind your teeth, typically unintentionally and while you sleep. While there are different reasons why you might grind your teeth, the leading reason is stress.

Although you may not catch yourself grinding your teeth in the middle of the night, the common signs and symptoms of teeth grinding are waking up with a stiff, sore jaw, having chipped or cracked teeth, flattened teeth, tooth sensitivity, headaches, or facial pain.

Athletic Mouthguards

If you play a contact sport, the chances of you sustaining a dental-related injury are high. To avoid chipped, broken, or even completely knocked out teeth, we can create a custom athletic mouthguard for you at our dental office.

Why a Custom Mouthguard?

Mouthguards are available over the counter, but to ensure a comfortable and snug fit for maximum protection, we suggest getting a professionally made custom mouthguard at your dental office. A well-made custom mouthguard can last up to six months when cared for properly, and we can always assess the state of your mouthguard when you come in for your twice-yearly dental appointment!

Custom Mouthguards at River Vista Dentistry

If you are interested in a custom mouthguard to protect your teeth when sleeping or when playing contact sports, contact our office today. Before your visit, take a look at our financing options to learn more about how we make our treatments and services affordable. We look forward to your visit!

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