Protecting your teeth so you can go out and play
Knocked out, loosened or damaged teeth are a regular occurrence in sport, needing long visits to the dentist and often a life time of treatment for the affected tooth. Worse, in some cases, missing teeth may need to be replaced with dental implants or dentures.
A well-fitted, customised mouthguard can protect your teeth and jaw by spreading the impact from contact, reducing the risk of damage to your teeth.
No mouth is the same. While store-bought mouthguards are generally cheaper and are instantly available, they are rarely a perfect fit, can dislodge easily and may not offer best protection from severe impact on your teeth and jaws. Because they’re only in one size, they’re usually bulkier which can make it harder to breathe, cause muscle soreness from grinding and actually do more damage than good.
Why invest in a customised mouthguard?
The cost of a mouthguard fitted by a dentist is a good insurance against the possible costs of reconstructive surgery or emergency dental work from a sports accident. Custom-fitted mouthguards can have up to two layers of vinyl material, fitting snugly around your teeth, no matter how crowded they are.
They ensure you can breathe well, absorb any shock of impact to your teeth and jaws and are retained well in your mouth. Custom-fitted mouthguards are more durable than over-the-counter ones, plus you can customise them even further with your team colours, name tags or pictures.
Avoid unnecessary expense by making an appointment with your National Dental Care dentist to protect your teeth with a personalised mouthguard.
Are mouthguards just for athletes?
Mouthguards are great for protecting teeth on the sports field, but they’re also important in treating other problems including teeth-grinding and snoring. Your National Dental Care practitioner can treat these issues with custom-made mouthguards for your safety and comfort.
What does it mean if you grind your teeth at night?
If you wake up with sore teeth and jaw, you may be grinding your teeth in your sleep. This can happen for a variety of reasons, stress is a major cause, and it can do some serious damage to your teeth as well as your temporomandibular joint (TMJ). If you suffer with these symptoms, your National Dental Care dentist can diagnose the cause and provide treatment. For some people, this will be a special nighttime mouthguard custom-fitted to protect your teeth.
If snoring at night means you or your partner are tired and falling asleep during the day, you need to first check with your general practitioner in case obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is the cause. It’s important to get a diagnosis as OSA can be dangerous and lead to accidents due to lack of sleep. It can also affect the partner whose sleep is regularly disrupted.
If it’s not severe, your National Dental Care practitioner may fit a customised mouthguard which will help prevent snoring. These oral appliances are used in conjunction with other methods of treatment including weight loss, exercise and adjusting your sleeping position.