Mouthguards are designed to protect your teeth from damage. Dr. Anna Paholiouk offers both sports mouthguards and night guards at Monarch Dental Arts. Both types of mouthguards are made from plastic and are designed to fit over your teeth and protect them, but are meant for slightly different purposes.
Sports mouthguards are worn while playing high-impact, contact sports. If you are hit in the mouth, they spread the impact to help prevent damage to your teeth. Night guards are a bit different. They are only worn at night, and are meant to prevent damage from teeth grinding (bruxism). Interested in a mouthguard? Contact us today for a consultation if you are located in Ladera Ranch, San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente and Rancho Mission Viejo.
Wearing a sports mouthguard can reduce your risk of a dental injury by up to 93% while playing sports. Invest in your oral health and protect yourself by scheduling an appointment with Dr. Anna today.
First, you’ll come into our office to discuss your needs with Dr. Anna, and she will recommend the appropriate type of mouthguard for you.
Dr. Anna will use putty and dental trays to take impressions of your teeth. These are used to create a comfortable, durable mouthguard.
Your impressions will be sent to our partner dental lab. Advanced plastics will be used to create a long-lasting mouthguard that fits around your teeth perfectly.
You’ll come back to our office to pick up your mouthguard. Your Rancho Mission Viejo dentist will give you instructions on how to wear it properly, and how to care for your teeth and your new mouthguard. Then, you’ll be sent home.
You may need a night guard if you grind your teeth. It’s estimated that up to 10% of adults grind their teeth (bruxism). This refers to an uncontrolled gnashing and clenching of the teeth at night. Over time, it can lead to premature wear and tear on the teeth. It may even contribute to other conditions like TMJ/TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder).
If your teeth or jaws are sore, your teeth seem worn, or your sleeping partner mentions hearing grinding and clenching noises while you sleep, you may grind your teeth. We recommend scheduling a consultation with Dr. Anna to get the help you need in Orange County.
There are plenty of “boil and bite” sports mouthguards you can buy at your local drugstore. However, they are not as good as custom sports mouthguards. They are made of softer plastic, which means they are not as strong, impact-resistant, or long-lasting. On the other hand, custom mouthguards consist of a soft, shock-absorbing interior layer of plastic that’s covered with a strong, hard outer layer of plastic.
In addition, off-the-shelf sports mouthguards can be bulky and uncomfortable. This may be distracting while playing high-intensity sports. For the best comfort, performance, and lifespan, a custom-built mouthguard from your dentist in Rancho Mission Viejo is a superior choice.
About 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth and nearly 40 million Americans have lost all their teeth.
A dental implant is made of two parts: a small, screw-shaped piece of titanium called the post, and the restoration, which is usually a dental crown and abutment. Posts are manufactured in a variety of pre-selected sizes to ensure each patient gets the right implant for their needs. In contrast, the restoration is completely custom-made. After your dentist places your dental implant, they will take impressions of your teeth and send them to a dental lab.
There, a technician will create a long-lasting, durable dental implant restoration out of porcelain or another high-quality material. This restoration will be sent back to our office, and it will be attached to your dental implant, completing your implant procedure.
Dental implants typically last up to 30 years or more with proper placement and care. In fact, it’s very common for patients to keep their implants for the rest of their lives.
However, the dental implant restoration, such as a dental crown or set of overdentures, usually will not last this long. Your restoration is exposed to regular wear and tear from chewing, biting, and more, and may need to be replaced a few times over the years.
It is possible for dental implants to become infected. This is known as “peri-implantitis.” However, this is a very rare complication, and it typically only occurs if the implant is not cared for and kept clean after surgery.
You can avoid peri-implantitis by following your dentist’s instructions while recovering, and by brushing and flossing regularly after your implant has healed.
Yes. Bone loss occurs when your jaw bone is no longer stimulated by the natural pressure of chewing and biting. Your tooth transmits this force through the root and into your jaw bone, which keeps your jaw bone healthy.
When you lose a tooth, this process stops, and the jaw bone tends to weaken. Since the post of the dental implant is placed directly into the jaw bone and acts as a tooth root, it restimulates your jaw bone by transmitting the force of chewing and biting once again.
Some types of dental implant systems can be done in one day. The restoration is usually temporary until you have fully healed from your dental implant placement surgery. This solution allows you to speak and eat normally, however, the restoration is temporary.
As your mouth heals, you’ll attend appointments at your doctor’s office where impressions will be taken. These impressions will guide the manufacturing of your restoration. This permanent restoration will be a more durable, long-lasting, and natural-looking prosthetic than your temporaries.
Dental implants are the only restorative option that preserves and stimulates your natural bone structure.