Get More Familiar with Mouthguards and Their Benefits!
Mouthguards are quite common nowadays, especially since the majority of people are very concerned about their dental health. Mouthguards are commonly used to prevent dental trauma while playing contact sports or to treat dental problems such as bruxism. Want to find out more about mouthguards? Read our information below to find out if you could benefit from custom mouthguards as well.
What Is the Function of a Mouthguard?
A mouthguard can be described as a protection device for the mouth. A mouthguard will provide protection for the teeth as well as the gums, since they can shield the teeth and gums from heavy impact.
Mouthguards can be used for many different reasons, but they are most commonly used during contact sports. Other possible applications for mouthguards are: the treatment of bruxism or TMD, the execution of certain dental procedures, teeth whitening and more.
What Are the Different Types of Mouthguards?
Given the fact that mouthguards are quite popular, you can easily find mouthguards nowadays. However, it is important that a mouthguard fits you perfectly, given the fact that an ill-fitting mouthguard can do more harm than good.
The first type of mouthguard that can be found on the market is the ready-made mouthguard. Many people tend to obtain such a mouthguard, but we do need to warn you about these mouthguards. Even though ready-made mouthguards are available in a number of sizes, there are no adjustments that can be made so that the mouthguard will fit your mouth. This is why a ready-made or mass-produced mouthguard is not really recommended if you want full protection.
Another type of mouthguard that can be obtained nowadays is the mouth-adapted mouthguard. The mouth-adapted mouthguard is made with a thermoplastic material and can be adjusted to fit the mouth of the patient. The mouth-adapted mouthguard is most commonly used by amateur sportsmen, however, the mouthguard only offers a minimal amount of protection. Even though this type of mouthguard may fit better than the ready-made mouthguard, the best type of protection can only be obtained by the custom-made mouthguard.
A custom-made mouthguard will always be made by your dentist and specialist manufacturers. In order to get the best mouthguard, the dentist will take impressions of the teeth and send them to the lab. The impressions will be the basis for your new mouthguard.
In general, you can divide custom-made mouthguards into two categories: vacuum mouthguards and pressure laminated mouthguards. Vacuum mouthguards consist of a single layer of protective material and do not fit as comfortably as the pressure laminated variant. However, vacuum mouthguards do offer more protection than the mouth-adapted mouthguards.
The pressure laminated mouthguards tend to provide the best protection. The pressure laminated mouthguard consists of several layers of protective material and provides more comfort and protection than any other mouthguard out there.
What If I Lose a Tooth Due to Dental Trauma?
Losing a tooth due to dental trauma is not uncommon, so there are solutions out there. One of the best solutions for a missing tooth is the dental implant, which will provide you with a permanent tooth replacement solution.
Patients who are missing several teeth can also use dental implants to replace their natural teeth. Even patients who have lost a considerable amount of teeth and jawbone can still benefit from dental implants, since there are special techniques and dental implants that can be implement for these patients.
One of the special techniques for dental implants is the All-On-4 dental implant technique. All-On- 4 uses four dental implants, which are inserted in the upper and/or lower jaw. When the dental implants are inserted, the dentist can attach a bridge with up to twelve teeth.
To see your dental implant options, please refer to our information pages or book an appointment with the dentists or oral surgeons at the Malo Clinic. The Malo Clinic is specialised in dental implants and offers a variety of dental implant techniques, even for patients who are dealing with a complex dental implant problem.
Can My Tooth Be Restored After an Accident?
A successful restoration of a tooth will depend on the amount of damage that has been inflicted on the tooth. The dentist needs a little bit of the tooth left to work with in order to restore it. If most of the tooth has been lost, restoration will be nearly impossible.
To save your tooth and increase the chances of restoration, it is essential to contact your dentist as quickly as possible. The sooner you get your appointment, the higher the chances of a successful restoration. In order to get a fast appointment, be sure to inform the receptionist on the phone about the urgency of the situation. The majority of dental clinics will keep emergency appointments available for situations like this, so you might be able to get an appointment the same day.
What Is Bruxism and How Can a Mouthguard Help?
Bruxism is a condition that involves the grinding of the teeth and clenching of the jaw. Grinding the teeth and clenching the jaw can lead to dental problems such as tooth decay, dental trauma, jaw pains and headaches. Bruxism is most common in adults between 25 and 44 years of age, although children can also struggle with the condition.
There are two different types of bruxism: sleep bruxism and awake bruxism. People with awake bruxism will grind their teeth or clench their jaw when encountering certain stimuli. Patients with sleep bruxism will automatically grind their teeth and contract their jaw muscles when they are asleep.
The treatment of bruxism depends on the cause of the problem and this is usually determined by a dentist. However, the most common treatment for bruxism is a custom-made mouthguard. Mouthguards used to treat bruxism are often called mandibular advancement devices.
With the help of a mouthguard, the lower jaw and tongue will be held forward. By doing this, the patient will not be able to grind their teeth and the jaw will feel more relaxed. Mouthguards can have other benefits as well, since they can make breathing easier and prevent snoring.