Mouthguards (Athletic) & Nightguards
Athletic Mouthguards (Sportsguards)
Our Allen, TX dental team creates custom-fitted athletic mouthguards to be worn during sports activities. Made of soft plastic, these guards are comfortable in the mouth as they protect teeth and gums from sports-related injuries.
We also create custom nightguards to be worn during sleep to mitigate the consequences of nighttime tooth clenching and grinding (also known as bruxism), which wear down teeth at the same time as commonly causing headaches and other pain in the jaw and neck. Most people are unaware of their tooth grinding habits since the act occurs during sleep, but this habit is readily detectable by your dentist since it is manifested as wear on teeth. Tooth wear from involuntary grinding is a gradual, lifelong process that can lead issues that compromise cosmetics (ranging from jagged to severely miniaturized teeth) and comfort (due to the wearing away of tooth enamel leading to increased sensitivity). The habit of tooth clenching and grinding, if present, is unavoidable, but the use of a custom nightguard will prevent tooth wear as well as head-and-neck pain. See images below for a clear understanding of the progression of tooth wear as a result of grinding.