A mouthguard is a mouth-protective device covering teeth and gums. Most used by athletes, it can protect the teeth from injuries during physical contact or impact. Certain sports, such as football and hockey, require participants to wear a mouthguard to protect themselves from a chipped tooth or a tooth injury due to a brutal hit to the face.
At Lutke Dental, people also wear a mouthguard to protect their teeth at night while they sleep. Grinding your teeth while you sleep puts pressure on the jaw muscles and can lead to TMJ disorder. These easy-to-wear guards fit over the teeth to prevent contact with the gums.
Athletes who play sports or participate in physical activities are at higher risk of suffering oral injuries, including chipped teeth, dislodged fillings, and damage to the soft tissues of their mouth. A custom-fit mouthguard protects your teeth, lips, cheeks, and other oral tissues from impact. It also creates a barrier between your upper and lower teeth to prevent you from biting your cheek, lip, or tongue during a game or practice. Wearing a custom-made mouthguard can also help prevent concussions by preventing the jaw from breaking during impact. Additionally, wearing a mouthguard can prevent teeth and tissue from becoming loose following an impact on the chin, face, or neck. This will ultimately reduce the risk of losing a tooth entirely.
Custom-made mouthguards are especially beneficial for athletes wearing orthodontic appliances or braces. These devices must be protected because they are more fragile than other teeth. A full-mouth mouthguard will protect your entire smile without interfering with the functionality of your braces.
Patients who suffer from temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJD) may also benefit from wearing night guards to keep their teeth from grinding against their mandibular joints at night. Without a custom-fitted guard, patients may experience damage to their enamel and pain in their jaw due to abrasions. Night guards can help alleviate TMJD symptoms and prevent further damage to oral health.
To ensure that your splint or mouthguard lasts as long as possible and continues to provide optimal protection, proper care is essential. Here are some tips for caring for your splint or mouthguard.
By following these simple tips for caring for your Splints & Mouthguards, you can ensure they last longer whilst providing maximum protection throughout their lifespan.
At our practice, we can create custom-fit mouthguards for athletes and adults of all ages. To learn more, visit Lutke Dental at 5045 Lorimar Dr #110, Plano, TX 75093, or call (972) 378-4141 to schedule a consultation