When you get ready to hit the field, or you’re helping your child get ready for practice, you make sure to pack the necessary gear you need to stay safe. Depending upon the sport, this might include a helmet, shin pads, elbow pads, and more. Staying safe is essential for protecting yourself while still having fun. There is something else you should be packing in your bag as well, and that is a mouthguard. At Summit Dental Care, we can create a custom fit mouthguard to provide you with optimal oral protection while you play.

The Risks Of Not Wearing A Mouthguard

You wouldn’t think twice about wearing a helmet while playing football or shin guards while playing soccer. After all, they provide you with essential protection from injuries. The same is true for a mouthguard. Neglecting to wear a mouthguard could put you at risk for serious harm. Facial injuries sustained while playing sports could lead to tooth damage, tooth displacement, tooth loss, jaw fractures, lacerations, and concussions.

Can’t I Buy A Mouthguard At The Store?

You can find mouthguards at pretty much any sporting goods store. These mouthguards are very affordable, typically costing less than $30. Common mouthguards include stock mouthguards as well as boil and bite mouthguards. Stock mouthguards are already molded. Boil and bite mouthguards are meant to be boiled briefly and bitten into to create a more custom fit.

Optimal Protection With A Custom Mouthguard

While stock mouthguards and boil and bite mouthguards are affordable, they do have their drawbacks. Stock mouthguards do not provide an optimal fit because they are not made to fit your mouth. Because of this, they may not provide you with the protection you need. Ill-fitting mouthguards can even increase your risk of suffering oral trauma in the event of a facial injury. Mouthguards you can find in the store may not be made from high-quality materials. As a result, they may not provide proper protection. They also may not last very long.

We offer custom-fit mouthguards for both adults as well as for children. These mouthguards are made from digital impressions of your mouth. This allows us to create a perfect fit for your mouth. We use high-quality materials as well. With a properly fitted mouthguard using the best materials available, we can help you protect your teeth, jaw, and soft tissues from potentially serious injuries while you, or your child, play.

The Benefits Of Wearing A Custom Mouthguard

One of the biggest benefits of a custom mouthguard is that it will provide you with incredible protection while you play. It helps to protect your teeth from damage, displacement, and avulsion. Your soft tissues are protected from cuts. Your jaw is protected from fractures. A custom mouthguard can even help to reduce your risk for concussions. It can also last longer than more generic types of mouthguards. While custom mouthguards do cost more, the protection they provide can help to save you from suffering serious oral injuries, which not only helps you to avoid pain but potentially expensive dental procedures as well.

If you are interested in getting a custom fit mouthguard to protect your mouth while you play your favorite sport, call Summit Dental Care at (208) 733-9999 to schedule an appointment today.

Night Guards

Tooth grinding and clenching is a fairly common issue. Most people who deal with this issue, however, don’t know it. This is because grinding and clenching are most common at night while you are asleep. The only signs are waking up with a sore mouth and possible headache. If you suspect that you grind and clench your teeth at night, Summit Dental Care can help with a nighttime mouthguard.

Recognizing The Signs Of Grinding And Clenching

Many people who grind and clench their teeth while they sleep, a condition is also known as bruxism, do so without even knowing it. There are certain signs that can point toward the issue, however. A sore jaw is one of the most common signs. Many people also wake up with headaches. There are other signs that can point toward bruxism as well. These symptoms include tooth damage, excessive tooth wear, tooth sensitivity, gum recession, facial pain, and even neck pain.

What A Mouthguard Does For Bruxism?

A mouthguard is a common treatment for bruxism. This treatment involves the use of an oral device that is similar to a sports mouthguard or whitening tray. It is worn over your teeth while you sleep. The mouthguard helps to protect your teeth when you grind and clench them at night. It does not put a stop to bruxism, but it does help to absorb the impact. In addition to protecting your teeth from harm, it helps to improve your sleep quality and alleviates the pain you experience when you wake up.

Why Get A Custom Mouthguard?

Many pharmacies do carry mouthguards to help deal with bruxism. However, these are not typically recommended. While they are affordable, they may not fit properly, which can present problems. A mouthguard that does not fit properly may fall out, rendering it useless. An ill-fitting mouthguard could interfere with your breathing while you sleep, making it uncomfortable or impossible to wear. It could also hold your jaw in an odd position, which could leave you in even more pain.

We can create a custom fit mouthguard for you right here in our office. This type of mouthguard is made from a digital impression that we take of your mouth. The impression allows us to design a mouthguard that will fit your teeth perfectly. It will not fall out, nor will it interfere with your breathing. Custom mouthguards are also more comfortable than the ones you might find in a store. When your mouthguard fits properly, you are more likely to wear it. Moreover, when you wear it consistently, you will notice a reduction in your morning pain and other symptoms that accompany bruxism.

Is There Anything Else I Can Do?

Mouthguards alleviate bruxism symptoms, but they do not eliminate the issue on their own. There are other things that you can do to help put a stop to bruxism. Depending upon the cause, you may try stress-relief techniques, quitting alcohol or tobacco products, avoiding caffeine before going to bed, orthodontics, or oral surgery. We can help to determine the best course of action to provide you with optimal results.

If you suspect that you are grinding and clenching your teeth at night, a night mouthguard can help. For more information, call Summit Dental Care at (208) 733-9999 today.