If you’re getting into sports, a custom-fitted mouthguard should be on your list of essential items. Mouthguards are great protection from injuries to the mouth and teeth that are common to contact sports. Other sports, like mountain biking, skating, and the whole gamut of “extreme” sports also call for mouthguards. However, they’re also essential wearing if you grind your teeth during your sleep (bruxism). Bruxism wears down tooth enamel, contributes to temporomandibular joint disorder, and causes an uneven bite. Nightguards and bite splints are mouthguards made specifically for treating bruxism at night.
Generally speaking, three kinds of mouthguards for sports are available. Two of these types can be bought at department stores and online. The other type is a custom-made mouthguard from Lutke Dental in Plano.
Custom-fitted mouthguards, boil-and-bite protectors, and stock mouth protectors are the most common sports mouthguards.
Nightguards protect the teeth from being chipped and ground during nighttime episodes of bruxism. The grinding associated with bruxism can be so intense the teeth get chipped. Nightguards must be custom-fitted.
If you’re looking for a night guard or mouthguard, book an appointment today with us at Lutke Dental in Plano!