PREVENTATIVE SERVICES

SPORTS MOUTHGUARDS

• Sports mouthguards are indicated to prevent teeth damage and decrease the risk of a concussion during involvement in high impact sports. These are plastic trays that are custom made and fitted to the teeth.

SPACE MAINTAINERS

• Space maintainers are appliances that are used to hold the space for a permanent tooth to erupt. These are indicated if there was an early loss of a baby or primary tooth. The early loss of a primary tooth may result in the shifting of the adjacent teeth that may block the eruption of the adult tooth [picture of missing primary tooth, and space maintainer.

TMD AND BRUXISM

• Unconscious teeth grinding during sleep is referred to as night-time bruxism. This may lead to the wear of tooth surfaces and the jaw joint. To prevent this from occurring, a plastic mouthguard is custom made and fitted to one of the arches. The mouthguard is worn during sleep.