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Welcome to Mesilla Valley Family Dentistry

Your Las Cruces Dentist for Families

Trusting a team to take care of your family’s dental needs isn’t an easy task. As you search for a family dentist in Las Cruces you want someone who will care for your needs like they would their own. Dr. Borham and the rest of our amazing team at Mesilla Valley Family Dentistry are committed to treating patients like family.

We cater to a diverse range of patients, including those who aren’t the biggest fans of going to the dentist. We strive to create a welcoming atmosphere. So whether you’re here for a cleaning, teeth whitening, or implants you can rest assured your needs will be met and you’ll feel at ease. Friendly, gentle care that makes even the most nervous patient relaxed, is what you’ll find at our office.

Dr. Borham is an experienced Las Cruces dentist who along with his team seeks to create a safe environment where patients can get the best dental care possible. Located in Las Cruces, we’re conveniently situated and easy to get to. Our mission is to make dental care easily accessible to our community. That’s why we take a variety of insurances and offer a two visit new patient special that is affordable for those who might not have insurance. Learn more about how you can schedule your appointment online, discover our services, and find out answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.

Bite Guards

Bite Guard

A bite guard is a dental appliance custom-fit to a patient’s teeth. Bite guards serve varying purposes and are often recommended for use in patients of all ages. It is important that bite guards be professionally fit, rather than purchased over the counter, as this ensures maximum comfort and protection during wear. Professional dental guards are usually prepared in a dental lab using an oral impression taken in a dentist’s office. These guards are created uniquely to each patient to prevent discomfort, slippage or inadequate protection. There are many reasons why a dentist would prescribe a mouth guard to a patient. They include:

  • To protect the teeth, tongue and cheeks during sports and high-impact activities
  • To protect the teeth from nighttime grinding or clenching

Did you know?

Caring for a dental bite guard is simple. You’ll need to rinse it before and after every usage using a soft-bristled toothbrush, toothpaste and cold water. From time to time, cleanse it with cold water and a mild soap. When not in use, store your mouth guard in a hard, ventilated container and keep it away from hot temperatures that could cause your guard to warp.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a bite guard?

You absolutely need to be fit for a custom bite guard if you participate in sports or activities that put your oral health at risk. These guidelines also apply to children, who often play sports like football or participate in activities like martial arts, which can cause tooth-related injuries. You may also need a bite guard if your dentist diagnosis you with bruxism, or tooth-grinding. Over time, grinding or clenching the teeth can lead to wear and irreversible damage. Sleeping with a bite guard can protect the teeth from these unwanted side effects.

What should I expect when being fit for a dental bite guard?

Being fit for a bite guard is simple. You’ll visit your dentist, who will take an impression of your teeth and send it off to a dental laboratory. The lab will carefully construct a durable and comfortable new bite guard that you can pick up at your dentist’s office in just days.

Will I need to return to my dentist after getting my new bite guard?

Yes. Although custom bite guards are made of durable materials and designed to last through many uses, they do need to be replaced from time to time. Keep an eye on your bite guard, checking it frequently for wear. Also, bring it with you to your normal dental cleanings and check-ups for a professional inspection. Be sure to tell your dentist if your bite guard no longer offers an optimal fit or if it has become uncomfortable to wear.

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