Do you play contact sports? You need a mouthguard to protect your smile. Do you have a TMJ disorder? You need a custom nightguard to prevent TMJ symptoms. Mouthguards are oral appliances used in our office for patients who need to protect their teeth and gums. We will recommend professionally made, custom mouthguards over store-bought mouthguards and nightguards because of their functionality and comfort.
Custom Mouthguard in Port Charlotte, FL
Sports mouthguards are made to cover the top teeth and prevent damage from hits to the mouth or teeth. Patients who receive a custom mouthguard in our Port Charlotte, FL office reduce the risk of knocked-out teeth and distractions during their games.
- Prevent or minimize tooth damage or loss
- Protect orthodontics like braces
- Stay in the mouth without the need to clench your teeth
Nightguards are similar to sports mouthguards but help TMD patients. Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) are bite disorders that can cause teeth clenching and grinding, jaw pain, tooth pain, headaches, and tooth wear. Many patients with TMJ disorders experience unconscious bruxism, or teeth clenching and grinding, that leads to tooth wear and headaches over time.
Wearing a custom-made nightguard during sleep:
- Relieves pressure on the jaw
- Prevents further tooth damage
- Stops morning headaches and migraines
Whether you need a sports mouthguard or nightguard, we can ensure that your oral appliance fits precisely. We will take digital impressions of your smile and use in-office milling to create your nightguard or mouthguard. It’s important to clean your mouthguard and to avoid eating or drinking anything other than water with your oral appliance in your mouth. A mouthguard soak is the best way to remove bacteria from your nightguard or sports mouthguard.
Can You Use Nightguards and Mouthguards Interchangeably?
Sports mouthguards cannot address TMD, and nightguards cannot protect teeth during sports. Sports mouthguards are made of rubber-like materials and only cover the upper teeth. These mouthguards are meant to protect the front of the teeth. Alternatively, nightguards use hard acrylic to discourage teeth clenching and grinding. Nightguards cover the upper or lower teeth and provide a thick plastic layer to protect the teeth.
Request a Dental Appointment
Experience the comfort of a customized mouthguard. Call our dental office today at 941-271-0721 or schedule a dental appointment online.