Custom Sports & Night Guards
The Team at Compass Dental is very supportive of our Campbell River sports community, especially the Campbell River Minor Hockey Association. We encourage players in all sports to protect themselves and their mouths by wearing properly fitted mouth guards during play.
Mouth guards act to absorb shock when a player receives a blow to the face or jaw, protecting the teeth, gums and bone from severe trauma. Hockey pucks and baseballs in particular can cause tremendous damage, but all sports are open to facial and jaw injury. Some sports have made mouth guards a mandatory piece of equipment, while others have not. At Compass Dental, we try to educate players, parents and coaches about the benefits of wearing a mouth guard, and offer custom mouth guard fabrication as a service. For more information, check out this guide on choosing the right mouth guard.
We recommend that some people sleep with a night guard for a number of reasons, but the most common one is teeth grinding, or bruxism. Both children and adults can suffer from bruxism, and it can have serious effects on your oral health. Effects may include chipped teeth, sensitivity, and temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). This means that the temporomandibular joint, which connects your jaw to your skull and is one of the most complex joints in the body, is distressed. If you feel tenderness or pain in your jaw, around your ear or in your face muscles, tell your dentist. It might be caused by teeth grinding while you sleep. If left untreated, the teeth could be slowly ground down over time.
The Compass Dental team can help you by making a custom fit night guard that will protect your teeth from nighttime teeth grinding. We can also provide resources to help discover the cause of the bruxism; common causes include stress, certain medications and jaw malalignment.