Mouthguards: An Overview
Sports-related injuries are a leading cause of tooth loss; teeth do not grow back, protect them with a custom mouthguard.
For children and adults who play sports, especially contact sports, custom fit mouth guards can help to minimize the risk of tooth loss or other oral injuries. Not only are dental injuries painful and cause massive bleeding, but they are also very expensive to treat. The player’s teeth may fall out or the teeth can cause huge lacerations inside the mouth and many other injuries.
Any athlete of any age can benefit from using a custom-fit mouthguard. Custom mouthguards designed by a dentist offer superior protection and comfort compared to over-the-counter options. Many athletes report that they feel they perform better while wearing a custom-designed mouthguard. They are more comfortable and secure than the store-bought versions. Athletes are able to focus more on the game and not on clenching their jaw to keep their mouthguard in place. They also allow athletes to drink and speak with the mouthguard in place reducing the chance of misplacement.
Over-the-counter mouthguard options are frequently ill-fitting and can slip or fall out while on the field. Even though the boil and bite mouthguards seem like they are custom made, they still do not offer the amount of protection needed. This type lacks the necessary amount of thickness that cushions and protects the teeth during play. They can be easily chewed up by the athlete and will shred little pieces of plastic. Over the counter mouthguards also require your mouth to be closed for maximum protection. This can make it difficult to breathe and if you need to speak or yell, the mouthguard will likely fall out. This can also cause tension in the jaw, face, or neck.
Dr. Ali Sarkarzadeh offers custom fit sports mouthguards for patients of all ages at our Rockville, MD dentist office.
Mouthguards: What to Expect
Receiving a custom-made mouthguard will require only two visits to our Rockville, MD dental office. Getting fit for your mouthguard is an easy, non-invasive procedure. Your Congressional Dental Care dentist will begin by taking molds of your teeth. The impressions will then be used to fabricate your personalized mouth guard at a dental lab. Once the mouthguard is created, you will be able to pick it up from our Rockville, MD dentist office. Dr. Sarkarzadeh will check the mouthguard for fit and comfort. Patients can begin using their new mouthguard immediately, enjoying the benefits of their custom-made oral appliance.
You spend a lot of time and money to ensure the health of your teeth and gums. Mouthguards are an easy way to protect the investment you make in your and your children’s oral health. Custom mouthguards can safeguard the teeth from damage or loss and also helps to minimize the impact on the jaw. They are especially recommended if you play high impact sports. To request an appointment for a custom mouthguard, call our office or request a consultation using our convenient online form.