Mouthguards in Westerville, OH
At Abidin & Cao, DDS, we proudly offer handcrafted mouthguards for athletic and therapeutic needs. Custom mouthguards have the advantage over boil-and-bite types of mouthguards because of their superior fit and retention. In addition, our mouthguards are thin, comfortable, and tailored to your smile, so they will retain their shape long after other mouthguards have worn out.
Custom-fitted mouthguards offer the highest level of protection, retention, comfort, and fit, without interfering with speech or breathing during play. They reduce incidences of tooth breakage by distributing the stress of impact to the entire length of the tooth. This feature is provided by a double layer of laminated sheet vinyl with a lingual plate imbedded behind the incisors. Tensile strength, softness, compression percentage, and uniform density are all important characteristics of mouthguard materials. Tensile strength of the laminate is excellent due to the laminate's two layers of materials making up the mouthguard. Density is maintained at the pressure laminating process so shrinkage of the mouthguard is uniformly controlled.
The Importance of Sportsguards
According to the American Dental Association, mouthguards prevent approximately 200,000 injuries each year in high school and college football alone. What most people don't realize, is that mouthguards are indicated not only just for football, but many other sports as well. There have been several reports of broken front teeth due to baseballs and softballs. Many people are also injured while playing indoor sports where trip-and-fall accidents result in an elbow to the face or even a mouth that breaks the fall onto a gym floor.
In addition to working wonders for protecting athletes' teeth, mouthguards are also used to treat a variety of dental issues including bruxism (teeth grinding). After a consultation with our knowledgeable team, we can create a thick, resistant, and well-fitted mouthguard to protect your teeth from grinding while you sleep.
Why Nightguards Matter
You may be wondering, why is it so important to wear a nightguard for bruxism? Well, teeth grinding can have extremely negative effects on your teeth and your overall oral health, including:
- Muscular pain
- Loss of tooth structure
- Chronic headaches
- Tooth sensitivity
- Gum recession
- Shortening of teeth
- Damage to the temporomandibular joint (TMD)
- Loose teeth
- Cracked or broken teeth
You only get one set of natural teeth and it's important to help keep them safe, healthy, and strong. If you're in a sport or struggling with bruxism, please call our office to schedule a fitting for your custom mouthguard!