Do you or your child play contact sports? You need a mouthguard to play sports like soccer, lacrosse, basketball, football, or hockey. Any sports that make contact between other players or objects make people prone to dental injuries.
Dr. Sulekha Agrawal offers sports mouthguards to patients in Columbia, MD. As a general dental solution, sports mouthguards that are made by dental specialists are crafted to fit properly to protect the teeth and gums. These mouthguards may also be able to absorb shock and lessen the impact of concussions. Wearing a mouthguard is a preventative measure against dental trauma such as chipped, fractured, and knocked-out teeth.
Receiving a Sports Mouthguard in Columbia, MD
You can receive a custom-made mouthguard after just two visits to Columbia Family Dental Care. To begin, Dr. Agrawal will take dental impressions of all of your teeth. Then, she will send these impressions to a dental laboratory where they will be fabricated. Once the mouthguard is complete, she will ensure that the mouthguard fits properly.
Remember to clean and rinse your mouthguard after each use to keep it clean. Ensuring your mouthguard is clean will keep it free from harmful bacteria. If your child is receiving a mouthguard, it may need to be replaced over time as their adult teeth come in.
Sports Mouthguard FAQs
Learn the answers to common questions that many patients have about sports mouthguards:
How do custom mouthguards compare to store-bought mouthguards?
Professional mouthguards are made specifically to fit your mouth. Because of this, they are less bulky than store-bought mouthguards and are more comfortable and reliable. Patients don’t need to clench their teeth to keep their mouthguard in place. You can also drink water when wearing your custom mouthguard.
Can I use a custom sports mouthguard to treat nightly teeth grinding?
Custom sports mouthguards are not meant to be worn at night. This type of mouthguard does not reposition your jaw when asleep and will likely fall out if you wear it at night. Oral appliances are made of different materials and are specifically meant to be worn to combat teeth clenching and grinding.