Mouthguards: An Overview
If you play impact sports, you are no stranger to the risk of facial trauma. Whether it’s soccer, football, wrestling, or any other contact sport, you need to protect your teeth, gums, and jaw first and foremost. Our Columbia, Maryland dentists are here to help you do so.
We are here to provide you with general dentistry services, as well as cosmetic and restorative solutions all under one roof. Our office provides customized mouthguards that will fit your smile so perfectly that you won’t have an excuse not to use it. We are here to help with your dental health every step of the way, including when you are out on the field.
Let us provide you with a mouthguard that you can feel comfortable and confident wearing.
Mouthguards in Columbia, MD
Our mouthguards are unlike the ones you can buy at the supermarket or from sports supply stores. Instead of a one-size-fits-all approach, we take the time to make sure your mouthguard fits securely into your mouth. This avoids the chances of slippage and also prevents the discomfort that can be caused due to an ill-fitting mouthguard.
We create our customized mouthguards through the use of dental impressions. At your appointment, we will examine your teeth and take the necessary impressions. Afterward, we send off these impressions to our labs to create your mouthguard. In one or two weeks, your mouthguard will be complete, and we will call you back to our office so you can pick it up.
Teeth Grinding: Night Guards
Our mouthguards are multi-purposeful. You may be prescribed a mouthguard or night guard if you struggle with unconscious teeth grinding. Our night guards are made custom-fit to you, just like our sports mouthguards, so that you are not uncomfortable while you sleep.
Our night guards are also great for treating sleep apnea and can be an essential component of TMJ treatment as well. This is because our night guards hold your jaw in a healthy resting position that allows you to maintain an open airway while also supporting your jaw muscles and joints while you rest.
Custom Mouthguard FAQs
How long does it take to be fitted for a mouthguard?
Fitting, taking a mold, and creating a mouthguard typically takes between 2-3 weeks. The process involves sending a mold to be created into a mouthguard, and then sent back to the dentist and given to the patient.
Is a mouthguard and a night guard the same thing?
No. A mouthguard is typically used during contact-sports. It is specifically fabricated to withstand large hits to the mouth, but not made to protect from constant teeth grinding. A night guard can withstand hours of teeth grinding without getting damaged.
Should my teeth hurt after wearing a night guard?
A night guard should not cause pain to patients. Night guard trays act as protection against teeth grinding. They should not fit extremely tight or cause pain or discomfort.
Can you wear your night guard during the day?
Patients who find themselves clenching their jaw and grinding their teeth throughout the day may decide to wear a night guard during the day to protect their teeth. The purpose of a night guard is to protect against teeth damage from clenching and grinding, so if a patient finds themself grinding their teeth during the day it is wise to wear a guard to protect their teeth.
Schedule A Dental Exam Today
Protecting your teeth is an essential component of your dental health care. As your trusted dentist in Columbia, Maryland, Columbia Family Dentist is here to help you do so. Schedule an appointment online today or call us with any questions at 410-670-8211.