Occlusal & Sports Guards
What Is an Occlusal or Sports Mouthguard?
Mouthguards can help patients that suffer from bruxism or teeth grinding, or for those who play sports. Occlusal mouthguards help to protect your teeth while you sleep to prevent you from grinding or clenching down. Sports mouthguards are made for athletes, and help to protect your teeth from physical damage. A sport mouthguard is made with a thicker material, and covers both the jaw and gum area.
How Does a Mouthguard Work?
An occlusal mouthguard protects the surface of your teeth, and prevents the teeth from damage due to grinding. This helps patients that suffer from bruxism or teeth clenching. Occlusal guards are made out of a hard acrylic plastic, and are durable in order to be able to withstand teeth grinding. Our mouthguards are custom made to fit your mouth, do not cause irritation, and are comfortable when worn. Occlusal mouthguards allow you to sleep soundly while protecting your teeth.
Sports mouthguards are made of a softer material, and this is so the guard can absorb a blow or sudden impact. Sports mouthguards cover not only the surface of your teeth, but they also cover your gums. Custom made sports mouthguards are fit perfectly to your mouth, and are comfortable when worn during your favorite sports. Our custom guards allow your athlete to still talk or communicate, but provide outstanding protection from injury.
What Are the Benefits of a Custom Mouthguard?
Custom mouthguards are more effective compared to store bought guards, but they are custom fit to your mouth shape and size. At Mercer Island Dentistry, we provide a detailed consultation to discuss what type of mouthguard may work best for you. Depending on your need, and the condition of your teeth, will determine which mouthguard is preferred. We take molds of your teeth, and our process can make you a comfortable guard that is durable. Our mouthguards can properly protect your teeth either at night or during sporting events. Our guards are comfortable, and we ensure the guard fits snug to avoid irritation.
Interested in Finding Out More?
If you are interested in finding out more about occlusal or sports mouthguards, Dr. Shiotsu can help. We provide a detailed consultation to determine what type of guard will work best, and give the highest level of care to all of our patients. Our facility uses state of the art technology and equipment, in a comfortable and welcoming environment.
If you grind your teeth at night, or need extra protection during sporting events, we encourage you to make an appointment to see how a mouthguard can benefit you.
To schedule your appointment with us contact Mercer Island Dental, and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you!