There are certain equipment and gear specific to each sport, but there is one piece that is necessary no matter what contact sport that you play – an athletic mouthguard. According to the American Dental Association, an athlete is 60 times more likely to suffer harm to the teeth when not wearing a mouthguard. Because each individual on the planet only has one set of permanent teeth, it is worth the extra effort to protect them. Sports related dental injuries are one of the most common reasons why athletes visit the emergency room each year in the United States. If wearing a mouthguard has never seemed quite that important before now, please understand that your oral health depends on it.
At Pleasant Plains Dental here in Indian Trail, North Carolina, we are proud to provide our patients with custom athletic mouthguards as part of our dental care services. Custom mouthguards are made from exact models of your own teeth to ensure that they will securely fit in the mouth and protect the teeth during athletic contact. While there are over the counter mouthguards available at any drug store across the country, there is simply no “one size fits all” approach to protecting your personal teeth. Take a look around your own family and friends and notice how different each of their mouths are – their teeth are shaped differently, their mouths are different shapes and sizes. Does it really seem appropriate to trust your teeth to a mouthguard that will “fit anyone”?
The dental specialists at Pleasant Plains Dental are here to provide custom athletic mouthguards for our patients. These mouthguards will be designed specifically for the shape and size of your mouth, so that it will provide the comfortable and protective fit that is necessary in protecting the teeth. Our experienced team at Pleasant Plains Dental provides customized athletic mouthguards to our patients who participate in any type of contact sport. Mouthguards should be a standard piece of equipment that is worn anytime you step out to play. Contact our practice today to schedule an appointment.
How are custom mouthguards created?
The first thing we will need is impressions of your smile. This can be done during a quick trip to our office or after a routine cleaning, as it only takes a few minutes. Your impressions will then be sent to an off-site lab and be used to create a mouthguard that fits perfectly over your teeth. It usually takes a week or two for our office to receive custom oral appliances. Once your new mouthguard arrives, we will schedule a quick appointment for you to try it on. We can make any necessary adjustments, and then you're free to take your new mouthguard home!
Can mouthguards ruin your teeth?
A mouthguard that does not fit properly can cause the teeth to shift if the patient wears it regularly for many hours at a time, which is why we take our time to ensure that every mouthguard we design and create will work well for each patient. If you notice any tooth or gum pain that arises after wearing your mouthguard that does not seem normal, please let our office know. We would be more than happy to take a look at your mouthguard and reshape it to fit your smile so that it's very comfortable and functional.
Are custom athletic mouthguards expensive?
Our durable and effective athletic mouthguards are an excellent investment for patients who are involved in contact sports, as they are far more cost-effective than the advanced restorative treatments that are required when patients incur severe dental trauma. Some insurance providers offer coverage for custom mouthguards, and our office also accepts CareCredit™, which can help divide the cost of your athletic mouthguard into monthly payments. To learn more, we recommend contacting our office or visiting our financial page.