At Rebol Family Dentistry, we strive to help our patients address any and all dental concerns under one roof. This means that we can also help patients who have unique tooth protection needs. Tooth protection is a proactive step that can prevent the need for costly restorative care due to dental damages later on.
The best way to protect your teeth while participating in close-contact sports is with a custom mouthguard. Custom mouthguards are designed specifically for your smile and will comfortable and securely protect your teeth when you need them the most. Learn more about custom mouthguards below.
Custom Mouthguards in Asheville, NC
Dr. Rebol and Dr. Sparks are experienced general dentists in Asheville, NC. They are happy to provide custom mouthguards to interested patients. Custom mouthguards are an affordable, proactive solution to maintaining the longevity of your smile. Patients who participate in sports like soccer, cheerleading, football, gymnastics, or any other high-contact activities can greatly benefit from utilizing a mouthguard. In fact, many of these sports require the use of a mouthguard to even begin participating.
When you engage in high-contact sports, you are increasing your risks for enduring dental damages. One wrong move and you may have an unintended dental emergency on your hands. Custom mouthguards are created to protect your teeth and soft tissues while in use.
They are also easily removed and cleaned at any time. More effective than over-the-counter options, custom mouthguards are designed specifically for you to prevent unwanted slippage or discomfort. If you are in need of a custom mouthguard or would simply like to have one on hand just in case, contact our office for more information.
Why Choose A Custom Mouthguard?
Many drugstores sell boil and bite type mouthguards that are supposed to be for sports use. But what’s the difference between these mouthguards and custom, professional options? Drugstore mouthguards are considered to be one size fits all. You boil the plastic to heat it up and then bite so that it molds to your teeth. However, it doesn’t give you a precise fit. You’ll have to clench your teeth to make sure the mouthguard doesn’t fall out.
Having to clench your teeth all the time can impact your performance in your sport. It’s hard to talk or get a quick water break when your mouthguard is at risk of falling out. Frequent teeth clenching can contribute to oral health problems like TMJ disorders. The jaw joint becomes inflamed and may lead to jaw pain, chronic headaches, and problems chewing or opening your mouth.
With a custom mouthguard, you don’t have to worry about it staying in. It’s specifically fitted to your mouth. We fit them so that they stay snugly in your mouth and are protecting your teeth, but you’re still able to communicate with your teammates. They’re made of a soft material that’s designed to absorb shock and keep your teeth as safe as possible.
Oral Appliance Therapy Options for TMJ Disorders
Patients who experience jaw pain from TMJ disorders may benefit from using a custom nightguard, or a mouthguard that is worn at night. This is known as oral appliance therapy and can help hold your jawbone in a healthy resting position as you sleep.
This means that you will wake up with a fully-rested jawbone and relaxed facial muscles for less jaw pain and tension headaches throughout the day. Talk to your dentist if you experience any TMJ-related symptoms to find out if you are a candidate for oral appliance therapy.
Schedule An Appointment Today
Do you need a custom oral appliance for sports or TMJ disorders? Schedule an appointment online or call our office today to get started.