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Mouthguards


Custom Fit Mouthguards During Sports


If you have ever played sports or are an enthusiastic sports fan, you are probably familiar with the concept of mouthguards. These dental devices that are made from a soft plastic material are worm during various sports activities to protect the teeth from injury. They are essential during contact sports, or when the sports involve flying equipment, blows to the head, falling, and use of any equipment that can cause a head injury. At Portland City Dental, we offer custom-fit sports mouthguards, which are designed to provide you with maximum protection during various sports activities.

Why are Mouthguards Important During Sports?


Sports mouthguards usually cover the upper teeth, which helps to create a barrier between these teeth and the lower ones. The barrier helps to prevent various dental problems that can occur when the teeth make contact with each other or with other parts of your mouth. These include cut lips and cheeks, chipped, cracked, fractured or broken teeth, and tongue biting, among others.

A sports mouthguard can also help to protect you from injury by cushioning your teeth (and other oral parts) from an impact to the head. They achieve this by absorbing the energy from the impact, which in turn helps to lessen the severity or completely prevent a dental injury. This can help to protect you from dental problems such as:
•  Knocked out teeth
•  Gum tissue injuries
•  Jaw fractures
•  Your teeth being driven into the jawbone

Differences Between Custom-fit and Other Sports Mouthguards


There are several types of mouthguards that you can wear for protection during a sports activity. They include the stock, over-the-counter mouthguards, that are designed to be worn by everyone, provided they fit you. You can also find boil-and-bite mouthguards, which form to your teeth and gums after being immersed in hot water. However, there are premium, custom-fit mouthguards.

Unlike the other types of mouthguards, the custom-fit ones are designed specifically for your wear, based on the design of your teeth. The design comes from a teeth impression taken at the dental office, or from a computer-designed model of your teeth using your dental images. The mouthguards are then custom-fabricated using this design, either at a dental lab or using 3D printing technology.

Benefits of Custom-fit Sports Mouthguards


Custom-fit mouthguards can offer you several benefits over other the standard mouthguards:
•  A secure and comfortable fit. Since it is designed specifically for your mouth, a custom-fit mouthguard will offer a snug, secure and more comfortable fit. Therefore, you will not need to keep on biting down on the mouthguard to prevent their falling, which will, in turn, allow you to concentrate on your performance.
•  Better protection. A loose fitting mouthguard can be just as dangerous as not wearing one. A custom-fit mouthguard, on the other hand, offers you better protection as it will stay in place, and completely cover your teeth and gums.
•  Protection for and against dental appliances. During sports activities, dental appliances can be damaged, or lead to a traumatic dental injury. Custom-fit mouthguards can, however, help to prevent this, as their design and manufacturing can take into account any dental appliances you are wearing.

If you are looking for a high-quality sports mouthguard, Portland City Dental can help by offering you a custom-fit mouthguard. Call us today at (503) 867-8124 to schedule an appointment.

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