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Custom-Designed Guards

If you suffer from frequent teeth grinding or snoring, you may benefit from a night mouth guard. Our dentists and team provide custom-designed night guards at Alpha Dental Excellence to prevent patients from experiencing severe oral damage while they sleep. Contact our office today at (215) 750-2222 to learn more about night guards and to schedule an appointment with Dr. Arpan Patel and our highly-trained dental experts.

Mouth guards, also known as mouth protectors, are devices worn over the teeth and gums to provide protection to the mouth, teeth, and surrounding tissues during various physical activities, particularly those that involve a risk of injury to the oral region. They are commonly used in sports such as football, rugby, boxing, hockey, martial arts, and other high-contact or high-risk activities.
Here are some key points about mouth guards:
Purpose: The primary function of a mouth guard is to prevent or reduce the severity of oral injuries, including broken teeth, jaw fractures, soft tissue lacerations, and concussions. It acts as a cushion to absorb and distribute the impact forces that may occur due to blows or collisions to the face or mouth.
Types of Mouth Guards:
● Stock Mouth Guards: These are pre-formed and ready-to-wear mouth guards available in various sizes. They are inexpensive but offer limited protection and may not provide a comfortable fit.● Boil-and-Bite Mouth Guards: These mouth guards are made from thermoplastic material. They can be softened in boiling water and then molded by biting down on them, allowing for a somewhat customized fit.● Custom-Fitted Mouth Guards: These mouth guards are individually designed and fabricated by dental professionals based on impressions of the wearer's teeth. They provide the best fit, comfort, and protection, but they are more expensive than the other types.
Proper Fit: A well-fitting mouth guard should cover the upper teeth and gums, and it should not impede breathing or speaking. It should be snug, comfortable, and stay securely in place during physical activity.
Maintenance and Lifespan: Mouth guards should be rinsed with cold water before and after each use. They should also be regularly cleaned with a mild soap or toothpaste and a toothbrush. Proper maintenance and storage in a sturdy container can help prolong their lifespan.
Replacement: Mouth guards can wear out over time, become less effective, or no longer provide a proper fit due to changes in the mouth's structure. They should be inspected regularly for signs of wear and tear, and they should be replaced as needed or as recommended by the manufacturer or dental professional.
Dental Visits: Regular dental check-ups are essential for evaluating the condition of the mouth guard, assessing any changes in the mouth's structure, and ensuring proper oral health.
Other Benefits: In addition to preventing injuries, mouth guards may also reduce the risk of lip and cheek injuries, tongue lacerations, and nerve damage.
Remember, for personalized advice or specific recommendations regarding mouth guards, it's always best to consult with us in order to evaluate your specific needs and provide appropriate guidance.


Reasons for Oral Surgery

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Night Guards

A night guard is a special type of mouth guard that is used to treat bruxism, or teeth grinding and clenching. If our dentists or team suspect that you suffer from bruxism, we may recommend a night guard to protect your teeth from damage and prevent teeth from grinding while you sleep. Many people who suffer from bruxism are unaware of the condition because it occurs while they sleep. Common signs of nighttime teeth clenching and grinding include:

    Chronic jaw pain, facial pain, and ear pain.
    Awakening with a tired or tight feeling in the jaw.
    Frequent tension headaches and migraines.
    Excessive tooth wear, leading to chipped, flattened, cracked, or very worn teeth.
    Extremely worn tooth enamel, exposing the inner layers of the tooth.
    Indentations on the side of the tongue.
    Increased tooth sensitivity.

If you notice the signs of bruxism, you may benefit from a custom night guard. This night guard will be made to fit your smile comfortably and effectively, allowing you to sleep peacefully while protecting your teeth. We invite you to contact us today to learn more about night guards and how we can prevent the negative effects of teeth grinding. We are dedicated to providing the best possible care for your smile.

Sports Guards for Kids

If your child is involved in athletic activities, their teeth and jaws are at risk of injury. To protect your child’s smile, our dentists may recommend the use of a mouth guard. We can take impressions of your child’s mouth to provide a quality, custom-made mouth guard that is durable, easy to clean, and comfortable to wear.
Also known as sports guards, these oral appliances are designed to protect your child’s smile while they play. Sports guards are recommended gear for any athletic activity and are often required equipment for high-contact sports such as:


While you can purchase generic mouth guards at local sporting goods stores, the best protection comes from a custom-made mouth guard. Custom sports guards are designed to fit your child’s smile comfortably and provide the maximum amount of protection. Custom mouth guards prevent injuries such as knocked out and chipped teeth, as well as injuries to the soft tissues of the mouth, such as the tongue, lips, cheeks, and gums. Sports guards also help to reduce the likelihood of a jaw or neck injury.

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