Do you or your child play contact sports? Morris Family Dentistry provides custom mouthguards in Zachary, LA. Custom-made professional sports mouthguards are a general dentistry solution used to protect the teeth and gums from injury or loss. Athletes that play contact sports, including soccer, football, hockey, basketball, and lacrosse need to wear a properly fitting sports mouthguard. Dr. Chad Morris can customize your mouthguard to accurately fit the contours of your smile.
Store-Bought Mouthguards vs. Custom Mouthguards
Boil-and-bite mouthguards found in stores are not made to be custom-fit to your smile. If a sports mouthguard does not fit properly, it can fall out during a game. Athletes who wear loose-fitting mouthguards may find themselves clenching their teeth and jaw to keep their mouthguard in place. This pressure can cause pain in the face, jaw, and teeth.
Dr. Morris takes accurate dental impressions to provide custom sports mouthguards to his patients. Once the mouthguard has been fabricated from his specifications, Dr. Morris will ensure that it fits comfortably in the patient’s mouth. He will provide patients with a mouthguard case to protect it when not in use.
Can Mouthguards Treat TMJ?
TMJ disorders are caused by stress or injury to the temporomandibular joints, which connect the skull and jawbone. Stress and pressure to these joints impact the teeth. Many patients with a bite disorder, including TMJ disorders, may clench and grind their teeth at night. Nightguards, which are similar to mouthguards, may be used to protect the teeth from wear and prevent them from touching.
However, sports mouthguards cannot be used to treat TMJ disorders. Sports mouthguards are made from a different type of plastic and are a thicker material. They are not meant to be worn at night and are not designed to treat bruxism. If you do have problems with teeth clenching and grinding, contact Dr. Morris for TMJ treatment.
Receive a Professional Mouthguard Today
Do you need a new sports mouthguard for the upcoming season? Contact our office for a dental appointment by calling 225.725.7565 today. You may also schedule a dental consultation with Dr. Morris on our website.