Do you or your child play contact sports like hockey, football, or lacrosse? You need to wear a sports mouthguard. Sports mouthguards are a general dental treatment that helps prevent broken, cracked, fractured, and even knocked-out teeth. Wearing a custom-made sports mouthguard offers many benefits to patients who play sports. Patients who wear custom-made mouthguards can prevent the need for cosmetic and restorative care by protecting their smiles.
Custom mouthguards are also more comfortable to wear than store-bought options. At 615 Smile Design Studio, we can create custom mouthguards for patients in Nashville, TN. Discover more about how sports mouthguards can benefit you.
Custom Sports Mouthguards in Nashville, TN
Unlike store-bought mouthguards, professionally-made mouthguards are customized to each patient. Store-bought mouthguards can easily fall out of the mouth. Some patients may feel the need to clench their teeth to keep their mouthguard in place. Constant clenching can add pressure to the joints and lead to problems like temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD). Customized mouthguards are made of high-quality materials and stay in the mouth so patients can focus on their game. Patients can also drink and speak with their mouthguards in their mouths.
We will take digital dental impressions of the mouth and send these impressions to a dental lab, where they will create the custom mouthguard. Once the mouthguard is complete, patients will return for a fitting. We will also provide patients with a case so they can keep track of their mouthguard.
Can Mouthguards Treat TMD?
We do not recommend sports mouthguards for TMD. However, our dental office can provide nightguards if patients experience bruxism, jaw pain, and headaches due to TMD. Although sports mouthguards and nightguards seem similar, they are made of different materials and address different problems. Sports mouthguards are made of flexible, rubber-like plastic that covers the front of the upper and lower teeth. Alternatively, nightguards are made of harder acrylic material that protects teeth chewing surfaces.
Contact Us Today
Do you need a new sports mouthguard? Request a dental consultation with us online or call (615) 637-2878. Let us know if you have any questions and we will be happy to help.