At Chapel Hill Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer custom sports mouthguards and nightguards made of special plastic, molded to fit the exact shape and contour of your teeth. They can be made for children and adults to wear during sports or at night to prevent teeth clenching and grinding. These mouthguards cannot be used interchangeably, as they are crafted differently for different uses. However, both sports mouthguards and nightguards are general dental treatments that can help protect teeth from further damage. Learn more about why each mouthguard is important to the teeth and gums below:
Custom Sports Mouthguards
Mouthguards are commonly worn during physical activity to protect the teeth from trauma. Contact sports like boxing, lacrosse, football, soccer, and basketball often require the participant to wear a mouthguard. The mouthguard also protects not only the teeth from forceful blows, but the soft tissues such as the tongue, lip, or cheek lining, which could be bitten during certain maneuvers. Studies on athletes have shown that wearing a custom mouthguard can even improve on-field performance. The body does not need to waste energy clenching the jaw to keep a mouthguard that is loose or uncomfortable in place.
Custom mouthguards are comfortable enough to wear throughout your event and enable you to consume fluids while in place. For young athletes, this means that they are more likely to keep their mouthguard in and protect their growing smiles. When it comes to protecting your teeth and dental appliances during contact sports, a custom sports mouthguard provides protection that is far superior to over the counter options.
Teeth Grinding Nightguards
Nightguards, as the name indicates, are worn at night while the patient sleeps. These are commonly worn to prevent teeth grinding or teeth clenching. A nightguard may be incorporated into a TMJ treatment plan to protect the teeth from damage. The nightguard can help to stabilize the bite during sleep and alleviate the symptoms of TMJ disorders. Patients with mild to severe cases of TMJ can wear down or break their teeth with harsh teeth grinding, which is why it is so important to protect teeth with a mouthguard.
Creating a Mouthguard
Fitting a custom mouthguard requires a visit to our Chapel Hill dental office for dental impressions. These will be sent to a lab for the fabrication of your custom-fit mouthguard. Once the mouthguard is complete, Dr. James Furgurson will ensure that the mouthguard fits against your teeth and does not slip. A properly fitting mouthguard ensures that your teeth and gums are protected from TMJ pressure or contact sports.
Contact our Chapel Hill Office Today
Do you play contact sports? Do you suffer from TMJ disorders? Contact us for treatment today. If you are a new patient, call our office at 919.205.9308. Returning patients may call 919.251.9313. You may also request a consultation with Dr. Furgurson on our website. If you have any remaining questions about sports mouthguards or TMJ nightguards, let Dr. Furgurson know at your next consultation. He will be happy to clarify information about each of these treatments.