Mouthguards are a simple way to protect your teeth, gums, and jaw from trauma and costly restorative dentistry. If you or your child play contact sports like soccer, hockey, football, or lacrosse, you need a sports mouthguard to protect your teeth. Custom mouthguards also enable players to drink and speak normally while wearing the device which reduces the chances of athletes removing, losing, or misplacing the mouthguard during the game or practice.
Edmond, Oklahoma dentist Dr. Bryan Bumpas offers mouthguards as a general dental solution to patients at Prairie Dental Group. Learn more about the benefits of our custom professional mouthguards over other options below:
Benefits of Custom Sports Mouthguards
The sports mouthguards that we offer to our patients:
- Prevent tooth loss
- Fit securely in the mouth
- Reduce the chance of concussion
- Protect dental work from damage
- Provide a stable result
“Boil and bite” mouthguards that you can buy in the grocery or drug store do not provide the custom, professional fit of our sports mouthguards. Our mouthguards do not restrict your speech and fit against the teeth for a comfortable fit.
Receiving a Mouthguard
Receiving your custom mouthguard is a simple process that will take just one or two visits to our office. We will take precise digital images of your teeth and gums to create a custom mouthguard that will fit securely and comfortably in the mouth. Once the mouthguard is complete, you will return to the office to pick it up. The mouthguard will be ready to use for your next practice or game.
Regularly clean your mouthguard with cool water and mouthwash or soap to make sure bacteria do not multiply. Remember to use cold water as hot water can warp the plastic. The mouthguard should be stored in a ventilated container so it can dry between uses.
How long do mouthguards last?
Although they can last three to five years, mouth guards should be replaced each year to make sure they fit properly each sports season. Repeated use may alter the fit of the mouthguard over time.
How do I know if my mouthguard fits properly?
Your mouthguard should fit securely to your teeth without the need to bite or clench the mouthguard. If your mouthguard does not fit properly, it can fall out. Because we take impressions of your teeth, your mouthguard should fit snugly in your mouth.
Can I use a sports mouthguard as a nightguard?
Patients who suffer from TMJ or teeth grinding benefit from wearing a custom nightguard. However, sports mouthguards cannot be worn to treat these dental problems. This is because the mouthguard traps bacteria against the surface of your gums while you sleep. Sports mouthguards and nightguards are made up of different materials and offer a different fit.
Request a Consultation
Do you need a custom sports mouthguard? Call Prairie Dental at 405.254.0656 or schedule an appointment with Dr. Bumpas on our website. We are passionate about helping patients protect their teeth for a stable and long-lasting smile.