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Occlusal & Sports Guards

Occlusal & Sports Guards

What Is an Occlusal or Sports Mouthguard?

Generally, mouth guards can help patients that suffer from bruxism most commonly known as teeth grinding. Additionally, mouth guards are used for a variety of reasons, to reduce jaw tension and pain, and even prevent headaches. Sports mouth guards are made for athletes, and help to protect your teeth from physical damage or trauma. Other types of mouth guards position the jaw to improve oxygen intake during sleep.

How Does a Mouthguard Work?

Many individuals wear oral devices over their teeth while sleeping. Athletes of all ages will wear the mouth guards during activity to protect from trauma. Many of our mouth guards are made of nylon. Mouth guards are devices used to protect your teeth or improve your sleep quality. Not all mouthguards are the same. There are many types, depending on your needs. The main goal of customized bite guards is to protect the teeth from physical forces or outside trauma, provide equilibrium, and maximize the airway. These low-profile appliances are lightweight, flexible and strong. Nylon appliances precisely engage the undercuts to provide ideal retention and fit.

What Are the Benefits of a Custom Mouthguard?

There are many options out there when shopping for mouth guards. We discourage our patient from using one size fits all, prefabricated and on-line purchases of oral appliances. The TMJ is a complex joint and occlusion needs to be carefully evaluated for the right fit and choice of appliance. At Denver Dentistry, we provide a detailed consultation to discuss what type of mouth guard will best address your needs.

After Dr. Grabiak determines the type of guard you need, we obtain digital impressions of your teeth and occlusion. We can expect the appliance to be back from our specialized laboratory in about 2 weeks. While you wait for your customized bite splint there is no need to suffer. We have same day treatment options to get you out of pain now. Including temporary customized appliances and laser pain therapy.

Interested in Finding Out More?

If you are interested in finding out more about occlusal or sports mouthguards, Denver Dentistry can help. We provide a detailed consultation to determine what type of guard will work best, and give the highest level of care to all of our patients. Our facility uses state of the art technology and equipment, in a comfortable and welcoming environment.

If you grind your teeth at night, or need extra protection during sporting events, we encourage you to make an appointment to see how a mouthguard can benefit you.

To schedule your appointment with us contact Denver Dentistry, and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you!

The foundation of providing safe and personalized holistic care begins by getting to know you and your goals for your oral health and overall health, both short term and long term. Dr. Grabiak will then learn about your family’s dental and medical history, along with your dental and medical history. Afterwards, we begin your exam by taking a sample of your saliva (Sillha), checking for seven different biomarkers. That same day, we will send you home with a report showing how you scored in those different biomarker categories.

The head and neck examination is often overlooked by busy clinicians but it is as crucial as an element of the oral cancer examination. Dr. Grabiak begins his exam outside of the mouth by starting with a soft tissue check of the neck and the jaw. A thorough head and neck examination is essential for detecting early skin cancers, any overdeveloped jaw muscles that may be contributing towards bruxism, and enlarged lymph nodes that may indicate an active virus or infection.

After the extraoral exam, Dr. Grabiak begins his extensive intraoral exam. During Dr. Grabiak’s exam he is evaluating the teeth, uvula, mucosal tissues, tongue, floor of the mouth, hard and soft palate, and the oropharynx. Part of this exam includes taking high-definition photos of the mouth, all at different angles so you can see exactly what he is seeing. Our hygienist will then come in and complete a comprehensive periodontal assessment. In some cases, Dr. Grabiak and your hygienist may recommend additional testing to get to the root cause of the evidence of symptoms they are seeing in your mouth. This entire process takes roughly an hour. In some cases, depending on what Dr. Grabiak and your hygienist had found during their exam we will invite you back for a follow-up appointment called review of findings.

In preparation for the review of findings, Dr. Grabiak and your hygienist will take the time to evaluate all of the data that was collected from your examination and testing to determine your specific needs. At your review of findings appointment Dr. Grabiak will sit down with you one on one to review the data that was collected from your appointment, along with any recommendations. This allows you the time to ask Dr. Grabiak any questions that you may have about your treatment recommendations and expectations from treatment.

Jeromy Mulkey

Jeromy Mulkey

Operations Manager

Jeromy received his Bachelors of Science in Finance from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He moved to Colorado in 2015 from Hannibal, New York (a small town outside of Syracuse) and that is when his career in the dental field began. Jeromy started in corporate dental as a patient coordinator and quickly progressed to office manager and then running multiple specialty practices over the next 5 years. Holistic dentistry was an exciting new challenge and Jeromy couldn't be happier with his family at Denver Dentistry. Holistic dentistry was a breath of fresh air and gave a new excitement and passion for learning of all the new sciences and technologies the Denver Dentistry team has integrated into their practice. Jeromy currently lives in Sheridan and enjoys living close to the mountains. In his free time he enjoys spending time with family, snowboarding, playing soccer and basketball, camping, and hiking. Jeromy is passionate about delivering excellent customer service and assisting the team in bringing more smiles to satisfied patients.
Chelsea White

Jazmin Contreras

Dental Hygiene Assistant

In 2020 Jazmin graduated from Colorado Mesa University at the top of her class with a degree in Kinesiology. From a young age Jazmin knew she had a passion and interest in the medical field which led her to gain various experiences in the medical field. However, when she first came to Denver Dentistry, she fell in love with dentistry and knew this was her passion. Dr. Grabiak and his team offered a unique holistic approach to the field; something Jazmin has always been highly interested in. She quickly realized this is where she was meant to be and Denver Dentistry instantly felt like home. In her free time she and her fiance enjoy traveling and participating in outdoor activities like hiking, camping, and kayaking.
Chelsea White

Chelsea White

Lead EDDA

Chelsea is a born and raised Florida girl and has now been a Colorado resident for 5 years. She has loved dentistry for a long time, and couldn’t see herself in any other profession. Knowing her career path, she went to school at Central Florida Institute to become a dental assistant with an extended program. Graduated in 2012 as a Dental Assistant and as an EDDA, she looks forward to esthetics and happiness with patients. As someone who has been in the field for almost 10 years, she strives to work as a team to meet all expectations with the patient. In her free time she loves to hike, and explore the beautiful places Colorado has to offer.

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