Mouthguards An Overview
Sports injuries are one of the leading causes of dental emergencies. Taking the proper precautions while playing sports can help reduce your risk of injury to the teeth and jaw. One of the best ways to minimize your risk is with a custom designed mouthguard.
Mouthguards are designed using a thick, sponge-like material. A custom designed mouthguard is specially formulated to fit comfortably and securely over your teeth. A mouthguard is typically worn during contact sports, but it can also be used as an effective solution for teeth grinding, snoring, and sleep apnea.
Our experienced team of dentists at Nesconset Dental Associates offer custom-fit mouthguards for patients of all ages. We help educate young patients on the importance of protecting their smile and taking preventive measure to maintain a healthy, functional smile. If you would like to learn more about custom mouthguards, visit our Nesconset dentist office.
The Importance of Wearing A Mouthguard
In extreme cases, a dental trauma can result in the loss of one or several teeth, or a jaw fracture. In other cases, patients can experience chipped or broken teeth as a result of injury to the face. Dental trauma can also affect the soft tissues in the mouth like the gums and teeth.
Sports-related dental injuries can typically be prevented with a well-fitted mouthguard. Our team at Nesconset Dental Associates can work with you to build a unique mouthguard that is right for you.
Custom Mouthguards VS. Store Bought Mouthguards
Although store-bought mouthguards are a quick, cheap solution for your needs, they often offer minimal protection. An ill-fitted mouthguard cannot fully protect the teeth from outside forces. A store-bought mouthguard may slip out during contact sports, which leaves your teeth and jaw susceptible to injury; this may also cause you to lose focus on the game or stopping to adjust your mouthguard.
Benefits of Custom Mouthguards:
- Custom designed to fit your set of teeth
- Helps protect your teeth and jaw from injury
- Ensures comfort, protection, and stability
- Can help protect against neck injuries