Do you participate in sports? If so, you may need a custom mouthguard. Custom mouthguards are designed to be protective shields for your teeth, gums, and jawbone. Especially useful for patients who participate in sports, custom mouthguards may also be incorporated into other treatment plans like ones addressing teeth grinding or TMJ disorders. Learn more about the multiple uses of custom mouthguards below.
Custom Mouthguards in Clinton, NC
Dr. Jeffrey Hays has created a friendly family and general dentistry in Clinton, NC. He offers custom mouthguards to our patients who play contact sports. Going above and beyond over-the-counter options, custom mouthguards are designed using dental impressions of your own smile to ensure the proper fit and function. Investing in a custom mouthguard now can save you a lot of money and discomfort, later on, especially if you are more at risk for experiencing dental emergencies.
Many sports require the use of a mouthguard in order to participate. The American Dental Association recommends wearing custom mouthguards for the following sports because of their high risks of dental damages: acrobats, basketball, boxing, field hockey, football, gymnastics, handball, ice hockey, lacrosse, martial arts, racquetball, roller hockey, rugby, shot putting, skateboarding, skiing, skydiving, soccer, squash, surfing, volleyball, water polo, weightlifting, and wrestling.
TMJ Treatment & Teeth Grinding
Custom mouthguards can also be used to treat bruxism and TMJ disorders. Bruxism, also known as teeth grinding, causes a lot of damage to your smile without you even knowing. Dr. Hays looks for the signs and symptoms of teeth grinding during all preventative dental exams. If you grind your teeth, a custom mouthguard can be worn at night to prevent this repetitive action from causing unwanted dental damages while you sleep.
Custom mouthguards can also help patients with TMJ disorders by relieving pressure on their jaw joints. This is called oral appliance therapy, which is one approach toward treating TMJ disorders. Your doctor may recommend oral appliance therapy if your TMJ disorder is caused by frequent jaw clenching to prevent too much pressure from being applied to your jaw joints during times of high stress.
Schedule An Appointment Today
If you think you could benefit from a custom mouthguard, please contact our office. Schedule an appointment online today. We look forward to providing you with a mouthguard that will suit all of your dental protection needs.