Sports with moving objects or heavy contact can put your teeth in very risky situations. One bad hit whether it be from a ball or from a person can do serious, sometimes permanent, damage to the mouth and jaw. Custom-made sports mouthguards from Wildhorse Dental in Chesterfield, MO can provide serious protection in high-impact environments.
Here at Wildhorse Dental, we encourage all parents who have active kids – kids in sports, kids who love adventures such as horseback riding or skateboarding – to get their children a custom made sports mouth guard. They prevent tooth and gum damage, and can also protect your child against concussions.
Some people grind or clench their teeth while they sleep – and most people who do, don’t even realize it until their teeth crack, chip or wear down! If we see the signs of bruxism or clenching, we will recommend a variety of night guards to comfortably protect your teeth and jaw while you sleep. You’ll wake feeling more refreshed and your dental work will last a lot longer!
While custom mouthguards are more expensive, home kits increase the risk of damage to the teeth and jaw and even concussion. Mouthguards are extremely important for children especially since they are still developing and are more susceptible to injury than adults.
A ‘boil and bite’ mouthguard can often distribute the rubber unevenly, this is caused by the pressure used when biting down during the molding process. The rubber on the bottom of the mouthguard tends to become thinner, which can lead to improper protection during impact.
Home kit mouthguards can also hinder breathing more, compared to a custom mouthguard. Having maximum breathability is of utmost importance especially when taking part in an intense sport or activity.
Our custom mouthguards are made in a dental lab. If you plan to begin a contact sport, reach out to us and book an appointment for molding. In this session, Dr. Miller will take an impression of your teeth, and a professionally-made mouthguard will be constructed based on how your jaw fits together and your teeth’s size and shape.