Patients who play contact sports like basketball, football, hockey, or lacrosse need to wear sports mouthguards. Mouthguards are required for sports with contact between players to prevent dental injuries and tooth loss. Dr. Michael Courter provides custom sports mouthguards to kids and adults in his Midland, TX dental office. He works with his patients individually to make sure that their mouthguard fits properly and feels comfortable in the mouth. Custom sports mouthguards are a general dentistry treatment that helps prevent the need for restorative or cosmetic care due to tooth damage or missing teeth.
The Benefits of Sports Mouthguards
Our professionally made sports mouthguards have many benefits for athletes. Custom mouthguards:
- Minimize the risk of injuries to soft tissues
- Protect teeth from breaks and loss
- Stay in the mouth during games
- Conform to the teeth
- Help wearers easily speak and drink
Receiving and Caring for Sports Mouthguards
Dr. Courter will take dental impressions of your smile to create a customized fit. These dental impressions are sent to a dental lab where the mouthguards are fabricated to the specifications of your smile. Once the mouthguard is complete, Dr. Courter will make sure that it fits comfortably. Patients should clean their mouthguards after each use with warm water and soap. Do not use hot water to clean the mouthguard as this can warp the plastic.
Mouthguards and TMJ
Some patients wonder if mouthguards can be worn to stop teeth grinding, which is a common symptom of TMJ disorders. Although sports mouthguards are similar to nightguards, they are meant to solely protect the teeth. Nightguards are also made of a different material that is not as thick as a mouthguard. Additionally, nightguards are worn during sleep; sports mouthguards do not fall out on the field but may fall out when patients are asleep. If you do suffer from bruxism, call our office and we can provide you with a proper nightguard.
Request a Dental Appointment
Do you or your child need new sports mouthguards for the upcoming season? Call our dental office at 432.287.9531 or schedule a dental consultation with Dr. Courter on our website.