Mouthguards are very important in protecting your teeth and oral tissues when participating in sports. Athletes who play contact sports are more likely to take blows to the face and mouth with a hand, ball, stick, etc. This can lead to painful and expensive dental injuries. A mouthguard can prevent injuries to the teeth, jaws, and surrounding structures. There are many benefits to wearing a custom mouthguard from a dentist versus one that you purchase from a store. Flower Mound Dental offers custom mouthguards in Flower Mound, TX for patients young and old who are seeking the maximum amount of protection for their teeth, oral tissues, and jaw.
The Importance of Sports Mouthguards
Engaging in sports, especially contact sports, puts you at risk for dental injuries. A properly fitted mouthguard acts as a protective barrier, reducing the impact force on the teeth. It can prevent injuries such as teeth fractures, jaw dislocations, and cuts to the soft tissues in the mouth.
Mouthguards not only protect your oral health but can also contribute to reducing the risk of concussions. They provide a cushioning effect by absorbing shock. This will minimize the transmission of force to the head during impact, thus aiding in overall injury prevention. Wearing a mouthguard that is custom-crafted to fit perfectly in your mouth can help lower your risk of concussion.
For individuals with braces or other orthodontic appliances, a mouthguard is crucial. They will protect your braces, minimize the risk of soft tissue injuries, and protect your teeth.
A well-fitted mouthguard can contribute to the overall health of the temporomandibular joint. The custom mouthguard will support and reduce excessive forces on the jaw joint during sports activities.
Custom Mouthguards vs. The Store-Bought Options
A custom mouthguard from a dentist offers a personalized fit that conforms precisely to an individual’s teeth and mouth. This level of customization ensures optimal protection and comfort. This type of secure fit is superior to the one-size-fits-all approach of store-bought options.
Dentist-made mouthguards are constructed from high-quality materials. These materials tend to be more durable and effective in absorbing impact forces. Store-bought alternatives may use weaker, thinner materials. This compromises their protective capabilities and lifespan.
The comfort of a mouthguard is important for an athlete’s performance. Custom mouthguards are tailored to the unique oral anatomy of the patient. This makes them more comfortable and less likely to restrict breathing or speech. Athletes can play more comfortably and consistently during sports activities.
Custom mouthguards are designed to withstand the rigors of contact sports. The material they are made of offers greater durability compared to all the store-bought options. This longevity ensures that the mouthguard will remain effective and durable for a longer period.
Your Flower Mound dentist will provide professional guidance throughout the entire process. They will help assess your specific needs, address any oral health considerations, and provide recommendations based on the sport you play.
Oral Appliances for Sleep Apnea
An oral appliance for sleep apnea is a custom-fitted device designed to treat mild to moderate sleep apnea. Sleep apnea occurs when the airway is partially or completely blocked during sleep, leading to disrupted breathing. A sleep oral appliance resembles a sports mouthguard but is different in many ways. It is worn during sleep and repositions the jaw and tongue to keep the airway open. Patients can breathe freely without disruptions.
They are custom-made in our dental office to ensure a comfortable and effective fit. This custom-fit contributes to increased patient compliance. Unlike a CPAP machine, patients are more comfortable and will not have to wear a mask all night. To learn more about oral appliances for sleep apnea, see Sleep Apnea.
Oral Splints for TMJ Treatment
An oral splint, also known as a bite splint or occlusal splint, is a dental appliance that we use to treat TMJ disorders. Teeth grinding, often associated with TMJ, can be successfully addressed with an oral splint. They act as a protective barrier, preventing wear and damage to the teeth caused by grinding.
Oral splints also provide stability to the temporomandibular joint, helping alleviate symptoms of TMJ disorders. The splint will help relax the muscles involved in jaw movement, reducing tension and discomfort associated with TMJ disorders. To learn more about oral splints see, TMJ Treatment.
Call today to schedule your appointment for a custom mouthguard in Flower Mound, TX. You can reach our dentist office by calling 972-640-7891 or you can request an appointment online by filling out the form.