Mouth & Night Guards in Laguna Hills

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Mouth & Night Guards

Mouthguards are essential for protecting your teeth while playing sports, and nightguards can help prevent damage caused by teeth grinding and clenching during sleep. If you or your child play a contact sport, or if you suspect that you clench or grind your teeth throughout the night, call Stan Kimball DDS for a consultation today!

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30-40 million Americans grind their teeth at night, and nightguards can help protect your teeth from damage.

Mouthguard use has been shown to significantly reduce the risk of sports-related dental injuries.

According to the American Dental Association (ADA), more than 200,000 oral injuries are prevented each year by wearing a mouth guard.

All young athletes would benefit from wearing a protective mouthguard. Contact sports pose a high risk of injury to the mouth and jaw.

More than 5 million Americans have a tooth knocked out each year as a result of an accident in a contact sport.

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More than 5 million Americans have a tooth knocked out each year as a result of an accident in a contact sport.

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30-40 million Americans grind their teeth at night, and nightguards can help protect your teeth from damage.

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Mouthguard use has been shown to significantly reduce the risk of sports-related dental injuries.

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According to the American Dental Association (ADA), more than 200,000 oral injuries are prevented each year by wearing a mouthguard.

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All young athletes would benefit from wearing a protective mouthguard. Contact sports pose a high risk of injury to the mouth and jaw.

What Are Mouth & Night Guards?

The Purpose of Dental Appliances

Mouthguards and nightguards are special dental appliances that are designed to protect your teeth. Mouthguards are usually made out of a soft, rubbery material that is intended to protect your teeth and gums from impact injuries, such as a hit in the mouth while playing a contact sport. 

Nightguards are a bit different. They are made out of plastic and are designed to fit around your upper teeth to safeguard them from the detrimental effects of teeth grinding (bruxism). Many people clench and grind their teeth at night, which can result in premature wear & tear, or even damage to the enamel. Nightguards effectively keep this from happening while giving patients a comfortable sleep.

Mouth & Night Guard Fittings

Understanding the Process

While their purposes are different, mouthguards and nightguards are both fitted in a very similar way. During your appointment with Dr. Kimball, he will use trays full of a putty-like material to take impressions of your teeth. Then, these impressions will be sent to a dental lab where a custom mouthguard or nightguard will be made to fit your mouth perfectly. It usually takes about 2-3 weeks to create your custom mouthguard. Once your custom dental appliance arrives at our office, you’ll come in and try it on to make sure that it fits comfortably.

Why Would I Need a Mouthguard?

Protection for Athletes

If you play any sport with a risk of contact- such as soccer, hockey, football, or basketball- you are at risk of oral injuries. An accidental hit to your mouth could crack, chip, or knock out a tooth. Mouthguards surround and protect your teeth, absorb the impact of a hit, and prevent tooth damage. They also help prevent your oral tissue from lacerations, which are common if you are hit in the mouth and you accidentally bite your lips or tongue.

Why Would I Need a Nightguard?

Treating Bruxism & Sleep Apnea

Grinding your teeth at night can cause serious damage to your enamel over time if left untreated. It can also cause issues with your jaw muscles and symptoms like headaches and jaw pain. Most commonly, night guards are used to help relieve these symptoms. The hard plastic creates a barrier between both arches of your teeth and eliminates tooth-to-tooth contact.

Some types of nightguards are also intended to help treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), which occurs when the soft tissue of your palate or throat sags into your airway while you sleep and blocks proper breathing. Nightguards, which are sometimes called “oral appliances”, reposition your jaw to prevent this and give you a restful night’s sleep.

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