Do you play contact sports? Does your child need a new mouthguard for the upcoming season?
Dr. Samantha Leatherwood offers custom sports mouthguards in her Denton, TX office. Sports mouthguards are worn for contact sports including soccer, hockey, football, and lacrosse. Wearing a professional sports mouthguard helps protect the teeth from injury. Mouthguards that fit properly allow players to focus on the game as well as speak and drink easily. Additionally, patients can prevent chips, cracks, fractures, and even lost teeth by wearing a properly fitting sports mouthguard.
Benefits of Mouthguards
Custom sports mouthguards are a general dental solution for our patients that are made from thick durable plastic that prevents tooth and gum damage. Professionally fit mouthguards are meant to fit comfortably and securely over the teeth. Store-bought mouthguards are ill-fitting and can distract from a game. Players may find themselves clenching their jaw to keep their mouthguard in place. Jaw clenching can also add stress and pressure to the jaw.
Receiving a Sports Mouthguard
Dr. Leatherwood will take impressions of the teeth to ensure a custom fit. She will send the information to a local dental lab. During your second appointment in our office, we will fit your mouthguard and make any minor adjustments that are needed. Mouthguards should be cleaned after every use. You can brush the mouthguard gently or rinse the mouthguard with soap and water. We will provide you with a case for your mouthguard so it does not get damaged.
Can Mouthguards Treat TMJ?
Yes, mouthguards can help patients who clench and grind their teeth because of a TMJ disorder. However, these mouthguards are different from sports mouthguards. Sports mouthguards are made of thicker plastic and cannot be used to treat bruxism. A custom nightguard is very similar to a mouthguard, but it used to prevent the teeth from grinding together.
Call Our Office Today
Do you need a new sports mouthguard for you or your child? Request an appointment with Dr. Leatherwood on our website or call us at 940.398.0181. Leatherwood Family and Cosmetic Dentistry serve patients from Denton, Corinth, and the surrounding areas.