Your teeth are made of several layers that each serve a specific function. The outermost layer, the enamel, is what protects the sensitive inner layers from damage and decay. But tooth enamel, hard as it is, isn’t impervious to damage and decay of its own. It is important to protect tooth enamel wherever possible. That is why Dr. David Sudimack recommends the use of mouth guards in a variety of situations.
When you think of a mouth guard, you probably think of someone who plays a contact sport. And to be sure, using a sports guard is a necessity in many sports. Teeth can easily suffer damage such as chips, cracks, and fractures due to a hard fall or blow to the face. In serious situations, the tooth can be extruded or completely knocked out. Sports guards protect teeth effectively from injury of many kinds. Sports guards can be purchased over the counter, but for a proper fit you should come in to David Sudimack.
Another type of mouth guard you might not think about is used to treat clenching and grinding teeth, or bruxism. Many people clench and grind their teeth when they sleep, and while this doesn’t seem as violent as a sports injury, the long-term results can be quite similar. Bruxism causes serious wear and damage to teeth, including cracks and fractures. It can also cause headaches, face and jaw pain, and interrupt sleep. Using a protective night guard protects teeth from further damage and helps alleviate other symptoms.
By guarding your enamel, it can continue to guard against cavities and decay. To learn more about custom mouth guards of all kinds, please call our dental office in Las Cruces, NM, today.