MOUTHGUARDS: AN OVERVIEW
If you or your child engage in contact sports, mouthguards are essential to prevent tooth damage or tooth loss. On-field collisions, falls, and accidents involving impact can have detrimental effects on your dental health. That’s why we offer custom-made mouthguards to provide you with the proper protection while also keeping in mind optimal comfort and functionality.
While over the counter options are available, we recommend our personalized mouthguards to ensure a secure fit and minimal slippage. A well-fitting mouthguard reduces muscle tension around your jaw which has been shown to improve endurance when playing sports as well.
You don’t want to be wasting time on the field adjusting your mouthguard. Additionally, you should be able to speak and drink fluids without risking removing your mouthguard. Consider asking Dr. Huckin for to create a customized oral appliance to meet your smile’s unique needs.
While most commonly utilized for sports, mouth guards can also be created for patients who struggle with teeth grinding. Teeth grinding causes significant damage to your teeth over time so it is best to take preventative measures. Ask Dr. Huckin about the benefits a customized mouth guard could provide you during your next exam. Moreover, if you suffer from sleep apnea, a similar oral appliance can be created to help reposition your jaw as you sleep to restore your proper airway.
MOUTHGUARDS: WHAT TO EXPECT
Dr. Huckin creates your personalized mouthguard through the use of dental impressions. These dental impressions are taken during a brief office visit. Dental impressions allow for your new mouthguard to be designed to fit snugly over your teeth. If you have any additional oral appliances or orthodontics on your teeth, our mouthguards can be sculpted to fit around those as well.
In about a week your new mouthguard will be ready to wear and we will contact you for pick up.