Archive for March, 2012

Protect Your Smile With Custom Athletic Mouthguards

When you think of athletic mouthguards, it is likely that you imagine a thick, bulky mouthpiece worn by an NFL linebacker. There was a time when mouthguards were thought to be reserved for professional athletes only. Today, with an increasing focus on health and physical fitness, much of the general population enjoys a variety of sports activities. 

A customized bite guard or mouthguard provides a high level of protection as you enjoy strenuous athletic activities.

This has translated into an increase in the number of sports related mouth injuries in recent years. Your dentist can fabricate a customized athletic mouthguard to protect your smile during these activities.

It is important to note that a mouthguard is an appropriate choice for all athletic activities. For many patients, contact sports such as football and hockey clearly require the use of a mouthguard. A mouthguard provides protection against trauma to the teeth and jaw. Fractured teeth, cheek bites, and tongue bites are commonly prevented injuries.

Your dentist may also recommend a customized mouthguard for patients who participate in non-contact sports. This may include cycling, weight-lifting, running, and golf. During these activities, excessive forces can be applied to the teeth as a result of clenching or straining. Gritting or grinding the teeth while concentrating is a subconscious habit noted by virtually every athlete.

A customized bite guard or mouthguard provides a high level of protection as you enjoy strenuous athletic activities. Your dentist will take precise measurements and impressions of your upper and lower teeth in order to create a guard that conforms to your anatomy.

Customized guards can also be used to help maintain a healthy position for your jaw joint. Some studies have shown that, without the jaw properly positioned, the body is unable to produce certain hormones that can decrease your athletic potential. Obtaining the proper fit and jaw position with an over the counter or self-molding mouthguard may be difficult. Trusting these details to an experienced dentist is the best way to ensure that your mouthguard is effective.

Contact the office of Dr. Paul Lounsberry in North Austin to learn more about custom athletic mouthguards. Call 512-200-7422 to schedule your appointment.

 

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Stop Jawbone Atrophy With Dental Implants

dental implants North AustinIt is possible to live without teeth. Navigating through life with missing teeth may not be the most pleasant experience, but it is certainly possible. Many of us can recall that previous generations in our own families lived and functioned with missing teeth. We can remember seeing our grandparents wearing dentures or partials, and most of us remember that one family member who simply chose to enjoy a toothless existence.

What we now know (and what the previous generations may have suspected), is that there are a number of health conditions that are directly related to tooth loss. As a result, research has begun to point towards dental implants as the most appropriate solution to tooth loss. Rather than endure life without teeth, patients are turning to an experienced implant dentist for help.

The consequences of tooth loss extend far beyond a change in your chewing habits or an unattractive gap between the teeth. A condition known as jawbone atrophy occurs when there is a lack of stimulation to the jawbone. Only a natural tooth root or an artificial tooth root such as a dental implant can properly stimulate the bone to prevent atrophy.

Also referred to as bone loss or bone resorption, jawbone atrophy is the condition in which the density and the quality of the jawbone decreases significantly. The shape of the underlying bone changes and these changes can become noticeable both inside and outside of the mouth. The appearance of the gum line becomes altered, even around neighboring teeth. The fit and feel of dentures and dental bridges can become altered as well.

Since a dental implant is fused or anchored to the jaw bone, it can provide the stimulation necessary to prevent jawbone atrophy. The normal actions of chewing and biting are enough to keep the bone vital and healthy. It is important to note that dental implants are the only tooth replacement solution available which can integrate with the jaw bone.

To get the most out of your tooth replacement solution, avoid making the decision to “just live” with your missing teeth. Contact our experienced team at Balcones Family Dental in North Austin to learn more about your options.

 

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