Splints/Mouthguards

Splints/Mouthguards in Plano, TX

Mouthguards are protective devices specifically designed to cover the teeth and gums to prevent injury. Commonly used by athletes, they play a crucial role in sports with high risks of physical contact, such as football and hockey. These devices mitigate the risk of dental injuries, including chipped or broken teeth, by absorbing and dispersing the force of impacts to the face.

Splints are used primarily as therapeutic devices for individuals suffering from temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJD). By preventing the upper and lower teeth from coming into contact, splints help alleviate the strain on jaw joints and muscles, especially during sleep when involuntary teeth grinding (bruxism) can occur. This helps manage pain and prevent further joint damage.

Types of Dental Mouthguards

  • Stock Mouthguards: These pre-formed devices are readily available at most sporting goods and drug stores, offering a quick solution, though they may not fit perfectly.
  • Boil-and-Bite Mouthguards: These are made from thermoplastic material and designed to offer a better fit. Users soften them in hot water and then bite into them to shape them according to their dental structure.
  • Custom-Made Mouthguards: These professional mouthguards, fabricated by a dentist from dental impressions, provide the best fit and protection. They are tailored to the unique contours of the user’s mouth, making them more comfortable and effective.

Benefits of Using Splints and Mouthguards

Night splints are beneficial for:

  • Reducing or preventing the wear and damage to teeth from nighttime grinding.
  • Alleviating pain and discomfort associated with TMJD by easing the pressure on the jaw.

Mouthguards offer:

  • Essential protection against tooth fractures, dislocations, and soft tissue injuries during physical activities.
  • Protection for individuals with braces, as they cover both the braces and the teeth, safeguarding against impact and injury.

Care Tips for Mouthguards

  • Regular Cleaning: It’s important to clean the teeth mouthguard using a toothbrush and mild soap after each use.
  • Proper Storage: Keep the mouthguard in a ventilated case to protect it from damage and to maintain hygiene.
  • Avoid Heat: Extreme temperatures can warp the shape of a mouthguard, so it should not be left in direct sunlight or in a hot vehicle.

Care Tips for Splints

  • Daily Cleaning: Clean the splint daily with cool water and soap to prevent bacteria buildup.
  • Storage: Store the splint in its case when not in use to prevent accidental damage.
  • Avoid Chemicals: Harsh cleaners can degrade the material of the splint; only mild cleaning agents should be used.

At our practice, we can create custom-fit mouthguards for athletes and adults of all ages. To learn more, visit our dentist’s office in Plano and schedule a consultation.

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