At Harrison Dental Associates, we offer comprehensive general dentistry services to patients of all ages. Many of our treatment plans include the use of custom mouthguards. This is because custom mouthguards are one of the most versatile and conservative treatment solutions available. Our custom mouthguards are designed specifically to your smile, unlike over-the-counter mouthguards which take a one-size-fits-all approach to teeth protection. Made of durable plastic material, patients find that our custom mouthguards are comfortable and fit snugly in their mouths during use.
Custom Mouthguards in Charlottesville, VA
As your trusted general dentist in Charlottesville, VA, Dr. Matthew Harrison is happy to provide custom mouthguards to any interested patients. Mouthguards can be used to help patients involved in high-impact sports, patients with TMJ disorders, or patients who grind their teeth together at night. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions regarding custom mouthguards:
Which sports require the use of a mouthguard?
Many sports require the use of a mouthguard including football, cheerleading, baseball, boxing, and field hockey. Regardless of the sport, you are participating in, we recommend wearing a mouthguard even if it’s not required. Mouthguards help protect your teeth and prevent costly dental damages and oral trauma.
How can a mouthguard help my TMJ disorder?
TMJ disorders are jaw pain that stems from the temporomandibular joint of your jaw. Custom mouthguards can be used to treat patients with TMJ disorders because they hold the mouth in a healthy resting position while you sleep. The mouthguard will prevent you from clenching your jaw or putting any strain on your mouth muscles as you sleep, allowing you to wake up with a fully rested jawbone.
How can a mouthguard help me stop grinding my teeth?
Many patients are unaware that they’ve been grinding their teeth because most do so while they are asleep. However, teeth grinding often results in jaw pain, tension headaches, and dental damages due to the constant pressure being applied to your dental structures. A custom mouthguard can help protect your teeth while you sleep. Even if you do attempt to grind your teeth together unconsciously, the plastic material will act as a barrier and protect your teeth from damage.