Do you or your child need a sports mouthguard? Sports mouthguards protect the teeth and gums from damage during contact sports. Contact sports are any sport that requires physical contact between players. Common contact sports can include football, basketball, soccer, hockey, lacrosse, and more.
Dr. Elizabeth Duling offers custom mouthguards as a general dentistry treatment to patients in Owens Cross Roads, AL. Professional sports mouthguards fit comfortably and securely in the mouth. They are custom-fit to each patient based on their dental impressions.
Benefits of Professional Sports Mouthguards
Our professional mouthguards provide multiple benefits to patients who play contact sports. Sports mouthguards:
- Protect the lower jaw from trauma
- Reduce stress on the neck
- Minimize the risk of damaged teeth or bruising
- Reduce the risk of knocked-out teeth
- Allow wearers to speak clearly
Dr. Duling will work with you or your child to create the most comfortable mouthguard possible. Contact her office if you require a new sports mouthguard.
Sports Mouthguards in Owens Cross Roads, AL
Dr. Duling begins treatment by creating dental impressions of the teeth. These impressions are used as a template for the mouthguard. She works with a dental lab that fabricates mouthguards. When complete, Dr. Duling ensures that the mouthguard fits comfortably.
Mouthguards should be cleaned regularly with an antibacterial solution or soap and water. Cleaning sports mouthguards also keeps them fresh and fights off infection-causing bacteria. We will provide you with a case for your mouthguard.
Professional vs. Store-Bought Mouthguards
Store-bought mouthguards often do not fit the teeth properly. As a result, they do not offer enough protection, may fall out, and can interfere with breathing and speaking. They also may not be as comfortable as custom professional mouthguards.
Alternatively, custom-fit professional mouthguards are a preventative measure that saves people from replacing missing teeth or treating damaged tooth enamel. A customized, comfortable mouthguard does not require jaw clenching to keep it in place.
If you’re clenching your teeth to keep your mouthguard in often, it can lead to a TMJ disorder. You may experience pain and tension throughout the jaw, face, and head. The function of your jaw joint can be impacted as well. Your jaw may lock up or you may not be able to open your mouth. Clicking and popping sounds may occur when you do open your mouth or chew.
TMJ disorders can cause serious discomfort. If you find yourself with one, it’s important to get treatment. You may have an uneven bite or begin to clench and grind your teeth subconsciously. Another mouthguard may be in order. Not only should you have a fitted mouthguard for sports, but a custom TMJ one is optimal as well. They’re designed specifically for your mouth, keeping your jaw in the correct position while you sleep. It prevents you from damaging your teeth due to grinding or clenching.
How long does it take to have a custom mouthguard made?
From start to finish, it should take about two and a half weeks for your mouthguard to be made and returned to our office. The process is simple and only requires two visits to our office. At the first appointment, we will take impressions of your teeth. These will be used to create your custom mouthpiece. When the dental lab is done, they will ship them back to us. At the second appointment, we will try it on to make sure it fits properly and is comfortable for you.
How do I care for my custom mouthguard?
Caring for your mouthguard will help it last as long as possible. It should be rinsed with cold water every time it is worn. You should also store it in a plastic container in between uses so that it is protected from dust, bacteria, and household pets. Non-abrasive toothpaste and a soft toothbrush can be used about once a week to thoroughly clean it. There are many ideas that are out there for cleaning one. If you are unsure if they are effective or safe, simply call our office to ask!
How often should I replace my sports mouthguard?
For the best possible protection, we suggest replacing a sports mouthguard every season or at least once a year. After they are worn so often, they will begin to wear down. The thinner they get, the less protection they offer especially with impact.
Contact Our Dental Office
Do you need to replace your old sports mouthguard? Are you looking for a dentist that provides custom mouthguards? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Duling online or call her dental office today at 256.202.4186.