If you or your child play sports, you need a customized professional sports mouthguard. As a general dental treatment, custom sports mouthguards offer preventative care to patients. Sports mouthguards help protect the teeth from injuries or even loss. Dr. Stefan Speck offers custom sports mouthguards to patients in Oxford, PA. He ensures that each sports mouthguard is customized to each patient, feels comfortable, and is easy to use.
What are the Benefits of Custom Sports Mouthguards?
When compared to store-bought mouthguards, customized professional mouthguards offer a better fit. Over-the-counter mouthguards can feel bulky and may even fall out of the mouth during a game. With customized, professionally-made mouthguards, athletes are able to focus on the game. Custom sports mouthguards conform to the contours of your smile so you can speak clearly and drink water with ease.
Treatment with Sports Mouthguards
After an initial consultation, Dr. Speck takes dental impressions of the teeth which are used to fabricate the mouthguard. He sends these impressions to a dental lab, where the mouthguard is constructed. Once the mouthguard is complete, Dr. Speck makes sure that it fits correctly. He will also advise you on how to care for your sports mouthguard. When they are not in use, sports mouthguards should be kept in their case. After wearing your sports mouthguard, you can clean it with lukewarm water and soap. Using hot water can warp the mouthguard, which means it can lose its shape.
Can Mouthguards Treat Teeth Grinding?
Although sports mouthguards are similar in form to TMJ nightguards, sports mouthguards cannot be used to treat TMJ disorders. Nightguards are used to treat patients with bruxism, a dental concern marked by teeth clenching and grinding. Sports mouthguards and nightguards are also made of different materials. Nightguards are typically a harder material, while sports mouthguards are made of a flexible material. The harder material of nightguards prevents TMJ patients from unconsciously chewing or clenching their teeth.
Call Our Dental Office
Do you need a sports mouthguard for the upcoming season? Request a dental appointment with Dr. Speck on our website or call Oxford Family Dentistry today at 610.753.4506.