Custom Mouthguards in Charlottesville, VA
Dr. Matthew Harrison is happy to provide custom mouthguards to any interested patients. Mouthguards can be used to help patients involved in high-impact sports, patients with TMJ disorders, or patients who grind their teeth together at night.
Creating a Custom Morthguard
The custom mouthguard process typically takes two to three visits to our Charlottesville, VA dentist office. The dentist will evaluate your teeth to determine if you qualify for one.
It is important that you free of any oral health issues. If you need any dental work such as a crown or filling, it should be completed first. Having dental work done after getting a mouthguard may change the fit of the mouthguard.
At the next visit, we will take dental impressions. These will be sent to a dental laboratory where they will make the custom mouthguard. In most cases, the mouthguard will be ready in about two weeks. However, some labs can take up to four weeks. At your next dentist appointment, we will make sure the mouthguard fits and make any last minute adjustments.
Which Sports Require the Use of a Mouthguard?
Many sports require the use of a mouthguard including football, cheerleading, baseball, boxing, and field hockey. Regardless of the sport, you are participating in, we recommend wearing a mouthguard even if it’s not required. Mouthguards help protect your teeth and prevent costly dental damages and oral trauma.
How Can a Mouthguard Help my TMJ Disorder?
TMJ disorders are jaw pain that stems from the temporomandibular joint of your jaw. Custom mouthguards can be used to treat patients with TMJ disorders because they hold the mouth in a healthy resting position while you sleep. The mouthguard will prevent you from clenching your jaw or putting any strain on your mouth muscles as you sleep, allowing you to wake up with a fully rested jawbone.
How Can a Mouthguard Help Me Stop Grinding My Teeth?
Many patients are unaware that they’ve been grinding their teeth because most do so while they are asleep. However, teeth grinding often results in jaw pain, tension headaches, and dental damages due to the constant pressure being applied to your dental structures.
A custom mouthguard can help protect your teeth while you sleep. Even if you do attempt to grind your teeth together unconsciously, the plastic material will act as a barrier and protect your teeth from damage.
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2700 Hydraulic Road
Charlottesville, VA 22901