Bite Guards

Hansen Denture Center

Anthony J. Hansen, LD

Denturist located in Bellingham, WA

Mouth guards are a great way to make sure you don’t break your dentures while playing sports. If you wake up with headaches or jaw pain, mouth guards can help you because they alleviate pain caused by teeth grinding or temporomandibular joint disorder. At Hansen Denture Center in Bellingham, Washington, Anthony J. Hansen, LD, can help you treat these conditions using a variety of oral appliances. For specific questions related to night guards and sports guards, call the office today or schedule your appointment online.

Bite Guards Q & A

What are sports guards?

A sports guard, also known as a mouth guard, is worn during athletic and recreational activities to protect your dentures and facial bones from damage. Additionally, sports guards protect you from cutting or bruising your cheeks, lips, or tongue.

It’s crucial you wear a sports guard if you’re involved with the following sports:

  • Softball
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  • Hockey
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Boxing

Having your sports guard custom-made at Hansen Denture Center is an efficient and speedy process because the center has an on-site laboratory. Dr. Hansen recommends not purchasing a cookie-cutter sports guard because they’re hard to keep in place and aren’t as efficient as the one he makes for you.

What are the reasons for using a night guard?

Dr. Hansen recommends night guards for people who grind their teeth or suffer from temporomandibular joint disorder, known as TMJ.

While some people aren’t aware they grind their teeth at night, some signs to pay attention to include:

  • Daytime fatigue
  • Jaw soreness
  • Facial pain
  • Morning headaches

When you grind your teeth at night, you risk fracturing your dentures and causing further dental problems. For example, teeth grinding can lead to TMJ disorder because it puts a lot of pressure on your temporomandibular joint.

This disorder leads to pain when you speak, yawn, or chew. Because TMJ disorder is a chronic and degenerative condition, it’s important you visit Dr. Hansen so he can custom-fit you with a night guard to keep your jaw in place as you sleep.

What can I expect during the process of getting a mouth guard?

Getting fitted for a mouth guard is a relatively fast process lasting fewer than 20 minutes. Dr. Hansen and his staff take impressions of your mouth using a claylike material. They then take use these impressions to create your mouth guard so it fits perfectly over your dentures and doesn’t cause any discomfort.

Since your mouth guard is custom-made, it’s easy to clean, doesn’t restrict your breathing or speech, and won’t get dislodged while you play sports or sleep.

To learn more about how a bite guard can help protect your dentures, call Dr. Hansen and his experienced dental staff today or schedule your appointment online.