Mouth Guard

Whether you grind your teeth while sleeping, or participate in sports, your teeth are at risk of damage. Wearing a mouthguard either at night or while practicing or playing a game helps protect them from trauma and lowers your risk of other problems. At Issaquah Premier Dental, in Issaquah, Washington, Dr. Diana Wu offers night guards and sports guards for children and adults in Issaquah, Washington.

Mouth Guard Q & A

What causes you to grind your teeth?

Doctors don’t completely understand why some people grind their teeth, but stress is a common cause. You might also grind your teeth as a symptom of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), which occurs when there’s a problem with this joint.

What are the dangers of teeth grinding?

Grinding your teeth can lead to damage to teeth or crowns if it’s severe or if it goes on long enough to wear away the enamel of your teeth. You might not realize you have this problem since it typically occurs during the night while you’re asleep.

If you have jaw pain or other symptoms of teeth grinding, Dr. Wu might recommend your wearing a mouthguard at night to prevent this behavior from occurring.

Why should I wear a mouthguard while playing sports?

Having a mouthguard over your teeth when you play sports helps lower your risk of having a tooth knocked out or damaged.

You might not need a mouthguard for low-risk sports, such as tennis, but you should wear one if you play a rough, contact sport, such as football or hockey.

Dr. Wu can provide you with a sports guard that fits comfortably in your mouth.

Are mouth guards uncomfortable?

Mouthguards shouldn’t cause you any discomfort while you’re sleeping or playing sports.

Dr. Wu provides you with a custom-made mouthguard that should fit securely yet comfortably on your teeth. 

If your mouthguard causes you any problems, you can see Dr. Wu know to have adjustments made as needed.

How long do I have to wear a mouthguard?

It varies from patient to patient and depends on the type of mouthguard you have.

You should wear a sports guard anytime you play contact sports. If you’re wearing a night guard, it depends on whether or not you go back to grinding your teeth when you’re not wearing it. Dr. Wu will check on your progress to let you know whether or not you still need it.

If you need more information on mouth guards, please contact Issaquah Premier Dental in Issaquah, Washington to set up an appointment with Dr. Wu.

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1740 NW Maple St, Suite 209
Issaquah, WA 98027
Phone: 425-654-8601
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