Mouthguards An Overview
Did you know sports-related injuries are one of the leading causes of dental emergencies?
In many cases, a custom mouthguard can be worn to help protect the teeth, mouth, neck, and jaw from injury. Taking a proactive approach to your dental health can help reduce the risk of injury and help keep your smile healthy. Most dentists recommend patients get fitted for a custom mouthguard every season; this ensures that a mouthguard will fit comfortably and securely as a patient grows.
Mouthguards are designed using soft plastic or laminate and are typically worn over the upper teeth. In some instances, they are also worn over the bottom teeth to help reduce the risk of injury to the teeth, head, and jaw. A well-fit sports mouthguard absorbs the shock of a blow before it reaches the teeth and jaw, which minimizes the risk of chipped, knocked out, or loose teeth.
In addition to protecting the teeth from sports-related injuries, a sleep mouthguard, also known as a sleep guard, can prevent the biting surfaces of the teeth from coming together and is an effective solution for snoring, tooth grinding, and sleep apnea.
Why Should I Wear A Mouthguard?
Many dental injuries or dental emergencies are sports-related; this may include chipped and broken teeth, damaged restorations, fractured jaws, injury to the soft tissue in the mouth, and more.
For some contact sports, mouthguards are mandatory; for others, it is up to the athlete. Most dentists recommend that patients wear a mouthguard for all contact sports. The goal is to prevent damage to the teeth, jaw, head, and neck.
Our team at Design Dental in North Liberty, IA offers custom mouthguards for patients of all ages.
Custom Mouthguards VS. Store Bought Mouthguards
While store-bought mouthguards can offer protection against injury, a custom mouthguard is specially designed to fit every groove in your mouth, offering the ultimate protection against sports-related injuries.
Benefits of Custom Mouthguards:
- Protects the jaw, teeth, and neck from injury
- Comfortable, stable, and long lasting
- Fits comfortably over the teeth
- Maximum protection