Do you or your child play contact sports? Mouthguards are required for any sport that has contact between players, including lacrosse, soccer, basketball, and football. Our dental office provides custom sports mouthguards to patients in Wayne, PA. Mouthguards are a general dental service that can prevent dental damage and even tooth loss. We will also recommend mouthguards for patients with metal braces.
Compared to over-the-counter mouthguards, our sports mouthguards are custom-made for each patient. Mouthguards that fit properly stay in the mouth make it easier to speak, drink, and protect the teeth. Patients may feel the need to clench their teeth to keep their mouthguard in place if it does not fit. This adds pressure to the teeth and the jaw muscles. Our custom-made mouthguards allow patients to focus on the game rather than their mouthguard.
Sports Mouthguards: Treatment and Care
To create your custom sports mouthguard, we will take dental impressions of your teeth. These impressions are used by dental lab technicians to fabricate the mouthguard. Once the mouthguard is complete, we make sure that it fits and feels comfortable. You can clean your sports mouthguard by soaking it in a denture or oral appliance cleaner. This type of cleaner is dissolvable in water and keeps the mouthguard bacteria-free. When you are not wearing your mouthguard, keep it in its case.
Mouthguards and TMJ
For patients with TMJ disorders, we can create custom nightguards. These oral appliances are similar to mouthguards but are meant to prevent teeth from grinding as well as alleviate pressure from the jaw. Sports mouthguards and nightguards cannot be used interchangeably. Nightguards are typically made of hard acrylic and cover the upper teeth. Sports mouthguards are made of rubbery plastic that shields the front of the teeth, while nightguards provide protection to the biting surface of the teeth.
Call Our Dental Office Today
Do you need a new mouthguard for the upcoming sports season? Call Wayne Family Dentistry at 610-347-5133. You may also schedule a dental consultation with us on our website. We welcome you to voice your concerns and questions at your next dental appointment.