Reviewed by Dr. J. Travis Thompson, DDS

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Have you ever worried about losing a tooth during your favorite sport? Whether you’re a weekend warrior or a seasoned pro, dental injuries are a real risk. 

That’s where custom-made mouthguards come in. They’re not just for professional athletes anymore – they’re essential for anyone who wants to protect their smile and their wallet

If you don’t want to end up in my chair getting a dental implant, then a sports mouthguard is essential! 

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Key Takeaway

A custom-made mouthguard is an investment in your smile’s long-term health and well-being. It offers superior protection, comfort, and durability that over-the-counter options simply can’t match.

Why Custom Mouthguards?

Custom mouthguards offer a level of protection and comfort that you simply can’t get from over-the-counter options like boil-and-bite ones. Here’s why they’re worth the investment:

  1. Optimal protection: Designed to fit your teeth perfectly, providing a snug barrier against impact. This significantly reduces the risk of chipped or broken teeth, root damage, and even concussions.
  2. Durable and long-lasting: Made from high-quality, dental-grade materials, they are built to withstand the wear and tear of regular use. They’ll stay in place throughout your entire game or training session.
  3. Save money in the long run: Though custom mouth guards might seem like a bigger upfront cost, they can save you thousands in dental bills down the road. A broken tooth or extensive dental work like dental implants are far more expensive than a quality mouthguard.

When Should You Wear a Mouthguard?

Mouthguards are essential for any activity that puts your teeth at risk. This includes:

  • High-impact sports: Football, hockey, rugby, martial arts (Muay Thai, Jiu Jitsu), lacrosse, boxing, and any sport with a high risk of contact.
  • Recreational activities: Basketball, skateboarding, rollerblading, mountain biking – even a seemingly harmless fall can lead to serious dental injuries.
  • Teeth grinding (bruxism): If you grind your teeth at night, a custom night guard (occlusal guard) can protect your teeth from wear and tear.

Custom Mouthguard Fabrication

Getting a custom mouthguard is a simple process:

  1. Dental impression: Your dentist will take an impression of your teeth to create a mold.
  2. Custom fabrication: The mouthguard is then crafted from durable, dental-grade materials to fit your unique bite.
  3. Fitting and adjustment: You’ll try on the mouthguard and any necessary adjustments will be made.

Make an appointment with your family dentist to get your custom mouthguard. Your teeth and wallet will thank you 🦷💲.

OFI: Your Oral Surgeons in Deer Park

Wearing a mouthguard is your first line of defense against tooth damage. However, accidents can still happen. If you have a knocked out or damaged tooth, we can help. If you are exploring your tooth replacement options, give us a call to book a free dental implant consultation. 

If you are searching for an oral surgeon in Deer Park, IL or an oral surgeon near me, we can help! Call (847) 381-0106 to schedule an appointment or complete the online booking form.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a custom mouthguard cost?

The cost of a custom mouthguard can vary depending on your dentist and your location. We recommend consulting your family dentist to get a quote.

Are custom mouthguards covered by insurance?

Many dental insurance plans offer partial or full coverage for custom mouthguards, especially if they are prescribed for medical reasons such as teeth grinding (bruxism) or to prevent dental injuries during sports. It’s best to check with your insurance provider to understand the specifics of your coverage.

What is the difference between a night guard and a mouthguard?

A night guard is specifically designed to protect your teeth from grinding and clenching during sleep, a condition known as bruxism. These guards are generally thinner and more flexible, providing comfort for overnight wear. An athletic mouthguard is made to protect your teeth during high-impact activities, such as sports. They are typically more robust and thicker to withstand direct blows to the face and mouth, offering the best protection against injuries.

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