Sports Guards/TMJ

Mouth Guards & Sports Guards

San Clemente Talega Dental Group

Mouth and Sports Guards

Jaw health is crucial for daily functions like eating and speaking. Proper jaw alignment ensures smooth movement and balanced biting, which can prevent TMJ disorders. TMJ disorders, caused by factors such as injury or teeth grinding, can lead to pain and jaw dysfunction, impacting daily life significantly. Treatment options vary based on severity, including lifestyle changes and dental interventions aimed at managing TMJ symptoms effectively. 

What is TMJ & TMD

Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorders, often referred to as TMD, affect the jaw joint and surrounding muscles. The TMJ, located on either side of the head, connects the jawbone to the skull and enables essential functions such as chewing and speaking. When this joint malfunctions, TMD develops, causing jaw pain, headaches, and clicking or popping sounds. Common causes of TMD include injury, arthritis, teeth grinding (bruxism), and jaw misalignment. As a result, individuals may find it difficult to chew, speak, and even sleep. Effective treatment for TMD often involves lifestyle changes, stress management, and dental interventions that relieve TMJ symptoms. By seeking timely and appropriate care, individuals can manage TMD and greatly improve their quality of life.

how can mouth and sports guards help?

Mouth and sports guards play a crucial role in protecting dental and jaw health, particularly in preventing injuries and managing conditions like TMJ disorders. Here’s how they help:

  • Preventing Dental Injuries: Mouth guards provide a protective barrier for teeth during contact sports or physical activities, reducing the risk of broken or chipped teeth.
  • Absorbing Impact: Sports guards cushion blows to the face, lessening the impact on the jaw and reducing the likelihood of jaw fractures or concussions.
  • Managing Bruxism: Custom-fitted mouth guards help prevent teeth grinding (bruxism) during sleep, which can alleviate symptoms of TMJ disorders and prevent tooth wear.
  • Maintaining Jaw Alignment: By keeping the jaw in a proper position, mouth guards can help reduce strain on the TMJ, alleviating pain and discomfort associated with TMD.
  • Promoting Healing: For individuals with TMJ disorders, wearing a mouth guard can provide the necessary support and stabilization for the jaw, promoting healing and reducing inflammation.
  • Enhancing Performance: Athletes who use sports guards can perform with confidence, knowing their teeth and jaws are protected, allowing them to focus on their game.

By using mouth and sports guards, individuals can protect their teeth and jaws, prevent injuries, and manage conditions like TMJ disorders effectively.

Customized Treatment Plans

TMJ treatment options include lifestyle changes, physical therapy, medications, dental treatments, injections, and surgery. Additionally, mouthguards play a vital role by preventing teeth grinding (bruxism) and stabilizing the jaw. Consequently, they help alleviate TMJ pain and protect against further damage. Moreover, mouthguards improve jaw function and reduce symptoms like clicking and limited movement. Therefore, incorporating mouthguards into a comprehensive TMJ treatment plan enhances outcomes and quality of life for those with TMJ disorders.

Choosing the right guard
and maintaining it

Choosing the right mouthguard and maintaining it properly are crucial for effectively managing TMJ disorders and ensuring long-term dental health.

Choosing the Right Mouthguard:

  • Custom-Fit: Opt for a custom-fit mouthguard from a dentist, as it provides the best fit and comfort, ensuring maximum protection and effectiveness.
  • Material: Select a mouthguard made from durable, high-quality materials that can withstand regular use and provide adequate cushioning.
  • Type: Decide between a night guard for sleeping or a sports guard for physical activities, based on your specific needs.
  • Thickness: Ensure the mouthguard is the right thickness to provide protection without causing discomfort or hindering breathing.
  • Maintaining Your Mouthguard:
  • Regular Cleaning: Clean the mouthguard after each use with a toothbrush and mild soap or non-abrasive toothpaste, and rinse thoroughly.
  • Storage: Store the mouthguard in a ventilated case to keep it dry and prevent bacterial growth. Avoid exposing it to high temperatures, which can cause warping.
  • Inspection: Regularly inspect the mouthguard for signs of wear and tear, such as cracks or holes, and replace it if it becomes damaged or ill-fitting.
  • Dental Check-Ups: Bring the mouthguard to dental check-ups to ensure it still fits properly and to make any necessary adjustments.

By choosing the right mouthguard and maintaining it correctly, you can effectively manage TMJ symptoms, protect your teeth, and ensure long-lasting dental health.

Don’t wait to prioritize your oral health. Schedule your dental exam and X-rays with Talega Dental Group in San Clemente today. Our friendly and experienced team is here to provide the highest level of advanced dentistry for you and your family. We are proudly accepting new patients from all surrounding areas! Call, walk in, or fill out an online form to get scheduled at your earliest convenience.

Proudly Providing mouth and sports guards To All The Following Areas And More!

Capistrano Beach 

Laguna Beach

San Juan Capistrano

Mission Viejo

Laguna Niguel

Aliso Viejo

Laguna Hills

Ladera Ranch

Rancho Santa Margarita


Lake Forest

Coto de Caza


Newport Beach

Corona del Mar



Costa Mesa

Fountain Valley