There are many situations when your family dentist may recommend the use of a mouthguard:
- Patients that grind or clench their teeth, usually subconsciously while sleeping, benefit greatly through the use of an occlusal guard, commonly known as a mouthguard. Consistent wearing of a mouthguard will prevent a patient who suffers from bruxism from grinding their teeth.
- Sports – Individuals of all ages that play sports will protect their teeth from costly breaks or chips as well as the soft tissue in their mouth when wearing a mouthguard. Inadvertent contact can occur in even non-contact sports, so this protection offers a little insurance from the unthinkable.
- Recreational Activities – We don’t think twice about wearing a helmet while biking or skating. Elbow pads, knee pads, and even shin pads are worn to play baseball and softball, but an accidental jolt to the mouth can create a lot of damage that could have been prevented by wearing a mouthguard.
A mouthguard customized by your family dentist offers the maximum protection.
What type of protection are we looking at from a mouthguard?
- Protect the wearer from a broken or chipped tooth.
- Prevent a tooth from poking through the lip during contact.
- A well fitted guard will protect the gum tissue as well as the soft tissues of the mouth.
You will note we did mention well fitted. There are many mouthguards that can be acquired at the corner drugstore. But they are usually ill fitting and bulky because they are made to fit the masses.
Although wearing one of these guards is better than no protection, the ultimate protection can be obtained by wearing a customized mouthguard designed especially for you.
A dental impression is made, and from that a customized guard is available that will protect you from inadvertent contact during sports or grinding and clenching during sleep. No matter the circumstance, you are protecting your valuable teeth during sleep or play, and nothing is more precious than that.
Contact our dedicated and experienced team at Fielder Park Dental for more information. Call our Arlington TX office at 817-275-4817 to schedule your consultation today.