“Mouthguard” describes a dental appliance that is designed to fit securely over the teeth to aid in preventing damage to them. The source of this damage may be accidental, as is common in sports activities, or medical as with bruxism or teeth grinding. The most common forms of mouthguard are sports and night guards. Both of these are available over the counter in preformed varieties or boil and bite versions. The best mouthguard, however, is those custom-designed with the help of a dental professional like Dr. Ulysses Vargas. Custom fitting ensures an effective and comfortable fit.
What To Know About Mouthguards
While soft mouthguards are the most common, there are also hard mouthguards that are used for certain medical needs. These hard splits are created using heat-cured acrylic resin and are inflexible as opposed to the flexibility of those made from vinyl or soft acrylic.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Is A Mouthguard Appropriate For Me?
Many dental patients can benefit from a mouthguard, especially if they participate in an active lifestyle. Children and adults alike who engage in sports activities should have a mouthguard to prevent dental injuries during play. A single arch mouthguard is generally sufficient, though a double mouthguard, one that fits over both arches, may be necessary in some cases.
If you suffer from a medical condition known as bruxism, Dr. Vargas may prescribe you a mouthguard to help prevent your teeth from being damaged from the condition. Sleep apnea is another condition that can benefit from the use of a mouthguard, depending on the cause.
What Is It Like To Be Fitted For A Mouthguard At South Hill Comprehensive Dentistry?
Having a mouthguard created that fits firmly and securely begins with a dental impression. This is commonly taken using a physical medium such as a tray and gel, though 3D Dental imaging may be used when available. The specific design of your mouthguard will depend on which type of mouthguard you’re having made. Sports guards protect the gums and teeth, while nightguards only cover the teeth.
How do I care for my mouthguard?
Ensuring that your mouthguard lasts and is able to continue protecting your teeth requires ongoing care. It will need to be cleaned regularly, using soapy water after using it. This water shouldn’t be too hot or cold but instead should be lukewarm to prevent deformation. Store your mouthguard in its protective plastic case to prevent damage, and be certain to never place your guard in a napkin. This is among the most common ways that a guard gets accidentally thrown away.
Ready to start protecting your teeth with a dental mouthguard? Reach out to our office in Spokane, WA, to arrange a consultation with Dr. Ulysses Vargas today! We’ll let you know what to bring, what paperwork you need, and help you decide which type of mouthguard will best protect your teeth. Don’t wait until an accident happens to protect your teeth; call today!