Do you or your child play sports? At Halliburton Family Dentistry, we offer custom sports mouthguards as a general dentistry service for our patients in Ellicott City, MD. Sports mouthguards are required for contact sports like lacrosse, soccer, basketball, and football. They protect the teeth and gums from injury and loss. Our mouthguards are custom-tailored to each patient so they can play without distractions.
Store-Bought vs. Custom Sports Mouthguards
Over-the-counter or store-bought mouthguards do not provide a custom fit. They can feel bulky in the mouth and may fall out during a game. Athletes who wear these mouthguards may find themselves clenching their jaws to keep them in place. Continuous pressure on the jaw can lead to pain and dysfunction. Comparably, professional sports mouthguards are custom-made for each patient. They easily conform to the teeth and do not feel bulky. Custom mouthguards make it easy to drink and speak with other players.
Receiving a Sports Mouthguard
We will take impressions of your teeth to ensure that your mouthguard fits properly. Your dental impression is sent to a dental lab for fabrication. Once the mouthguard is complete, we make sure that it feels comfortable in the mouth. Patients should clean their sports mouthguard after every use. You can wash the mouthguard with warm water and soap. We will provide you with a ventilated case where you can store your mouthguard so it does not get damaged.
Can I Use a Sports Mouthguard to Treat TMJ?
We do not recommend that patients who suffer from TMJ disorders use sports mouthguards to treat their symptoms. Temporomandibular joint disorders cause jaw clenching and teeth grinding that can damage the tooth enamel. We offer nightguards that are custom-fit to each patient to keep the teeth from touching. They also prevent teeth from grinding together. Although nightguards and other oral appliances are similar to sports mouthguards, we do not recommend the use of sports mouthguards for TMJ treatment.
Request an Appointment Today
Do you need a new sports mouthguard for the upcoming season? Schedule a dental consultation with Dr. Halliburton online. You may also call her office at 443.232.0656.