Mouthguards are an important piece of equipment for oral health. They are beneficial for athletes and those who suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding), protecting the teeth, cheeks, tongue, and jaw from getting injured. When you have custom-fit mouthguards made at Lifetime Smiles Cosmetic Dentistry in Austin, you can have confidence that you will be provided with a piece that is comfortable and offers the highest level of protection for your mouth.
Mouthguards can be made of soft plastic or laminate. They are worn in the mouth to prevent the upper and lower jaws from rubbing together and protect the teeth and gums. They also absorb impact from outside the mouth to reduce or prevent injury to the teeth and tissues in the mouth.
Oral injuries in sports are more common than you might think. These include injuries such as chipped or broken teeth, fractured crowns and bridgework, lip and cheek injuries, fractured jaws, concussions, and root damage. Fortunately, mouthguards are effective at preventing these injuries or at least minimizing the damage. Sports guards are highly recommended for athletes involved in high-contact sports like football or boxing, but can also be beneficial for non-contact sports like gymnastics or skating.
Teeth grinding often occurs at night and can result in damage or discomfort. Teeth can become fractured, worn down, or even lost as a result of ongoing teeth grinding. The jaw can also become affected from the grinding motion. Wearing a night guard can be very helpful for keeping the teeth protected as well as easing the strain that is put on the jaw muscles. As a result, the symptoms of teeth grinding, such as headaches and jaw pain, can be relieved.
Both night guards and sports guards are readily available at pharmacies and stores. They come as either stock mouthguards that are ready-to-wear or boil-and-bite, which provide some level of customization. Though these are very affordable, they will not be as effective as a custom-made mouthguard provided by your dentist at Lifetime Smiles Cosmetic Dentistry in Austin. These offer the highest level of comfort and therefore are the most effective at protecting the mouth for patients in Austin.