Do you or your child play contact sports? You need to wear a custom-made sports mouthguard. Customized sports mouthguards are a part of the general dentistry services that we offer to patients in Lansdale, PA. At Brookwood Dental Associates, we can create sports mouthguards that have a comfortable fit. Compared to store-bought mouthguards, professionally-made mouthguards offer more advantages. Our mouthguards are used to prevent tooth damage and loss as well as protect orthodontic appliances. Properly fitting mouthguards also conform to the teeth and do not slip or fall out during games.
Receiving a Sports Mouthguard
To create your custom mouthguard, we will take scans of your teeth. These scans are used to create the fitted mouthguard, which is made out of flexible plastic. Once the mouthguard is complete, we will make sure that it fits properly. Your sports mouthguard should conform to your teeth without any signs of shifting or slipping.
When cleaning your mouthguard, place it in a cup of denture cleaner mixed with water. Denture and mouthguard cleaners come in powder form and dissolve in water. You may also clean your mouthguard with soap and water, but do not use hot water that can warp the plastic. When your mouthguard is not in use, keep it in its ventilated case.
Can Mouthguards Treat TMJ Disorders?
Nightguards are a common treatment for temporomandibular joint disorders. We provide patients who have TMJ disorders with nightguards. These nightguards protect the teeth from tooth wear caused by clenching and grinding. They also help relax the jaw muscles.
Some patients may wonder if they can use sports mouthguards like nightguards. Although nightguards are similar to mouthguards, they cannot be used interchangeably. Nightguards and mouthguards are made of different materials and have different uses. Sports mouthguards are too bulky to wear at night and are not meant to treat TMJ symptoms. If you have jaw or tooth pain as a result of a TMJ disorder, we can provide you with a nightguard.
Request a Dental Appointment
Do you need a sports mouthguard for the upcoming season? Schedule a dental consultation on our website or call us at 267-651-7247 for an appointment today.