Mouthguards are dental appliances you wear over your teeth to protect them against injury, especially teeth grinding, jaw clenching, and sports-related injuries.
Types of Mouthguards
There are three main categories of mouthguards:
- Stock mouth guards
- Boil and bite mouth guards
- Custom-made mouth guards
Stock mouthguards are simply one-size-fits-all. They are inexpensive and can be found at most sporting goods stores. The stock mouthguard is ready to use right out of the package. It's usually made from rubber or polyvinyl chloride (PVC). The fit is not always exact, and the guard may shift or come loose during use.
Boil and Bite Mouthguards
Boil and bite mouthguards are mass-produced in a laboratory, but they can be softened in boiling water for a custom fit. They are made from thermoplastic material and are often lined with a soft layer for comfort.
Custom-made mouthguards are made in a dental lab from impressions of your mouth. They are the most expensive option, but they are the most comfortable since they fit your mouth exactly.
Benefits of Mouthguards
Mouthguards offer many benefits, including:
Protection for teeth: Teeth are very sensitive, and mouthguards help to protect them from damage due to an external impact on the mouth.
Protection for gums: Mouthguards also protect gums and prevent them from receding.
Reduction in symptoms of TMD: Mouthguards can help to reduce symptoms of TMJ disorders, such as jaw pain.
Mouth guards protect your teeth from damage, including chips, cracks, and fractures. They help prevent injuries to your lips, tongue, face, and jaw. Mouth guards also help prevent injuries to your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which controls your jaw movements.
How Is a Custom Mouthguard Made?
Mouthguards are dental appliances that are worn over the teeth to protect them from injury. They can be made from plastic, acrylic, or laminate. Mouthguards are worn over the upper and lower teeth to prevent teeth grinding and clenching. This protects your teeth from wear and tear, as well as pain caused by clenching or grinding.
Getting a customized mouthguard from your dental professional involves the following steps. First, your teeth will be cleaned, and a mold of your mouth will be made. The mold is then sent to a lab where a custom mouthguard is made. Once your custom mouthguard is ready, the Dentist in Baton Rouge, LA will check it for fit and make adjustments as needed.
How to Care for Your Mouthguard?
Rinse your mouthguard with warm, soapy water after each use. Store in a protective case. Don't use toothpaste or mouthwash to clean your mouthguard. This could damage the protective material.
Mouthguards don't last forever. Replace your mouthguard if it's damaged or no longer fits correctly.
To find out more about the dental services we offer at College Family Dentistry, call (225) 926-4640 or schedule a consultation online. You can also visit us at 4616 Concord Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA 70808.