Amongst all of the services available at Durango Laser Dentistry, we have several that are designed to help protect your teeth against damage and decay. The athletic mouth guard is one of the best protective measures against the damage caused by trauma and bruxism (teeth grinding) available. Here, we will look at what it is, why you may want to get one, and the process of fitting it.

What are athletic mouth guards?

To put it simply, as the name implies, athletic mouth guards in Durango are devices that guard your teeth. Specifically, they are worn over the teeth, covering them completely, preventing damage to not just the teeth, but also your tongue, gums, and cheeks. The main difference between athletic mouth guards and other types is that others are primarily designed to protect teeth from damage due to bruxism (also known as teeth grinding.) Athletic mouth guards, on the other hand, protect your mouth from trauma due to sports injuries.

What are the benefits of athletic mouth guards?

The clearest benefit of mouth guards is that they can help protect your mouth and stop you from getting hurt or hurting them if you play contact sports that might involve the risk of being hit in the face or any sports that might involve falling. To get more specific, they can help by:

 

  • Preventing cuts and bruising by stopping the teeth from colliding with soft tissue
  • Preventing tooth fractures and dislocations due to direct trauma to the teeth
  • Preventing damage caused by grinding
  • Allows athletes to feel more confident when performing
  • Can be custom made to comfortably fit the teeth

The athletic mouth guard fitting process

The process of fitting an athletic mouth guard in Durango can differ depending on your needs. However, if you’re having a custom mouth guard made, then the process will start by creating a model of your teeth. An impression of your teeth can be made using a soft clay-like substance that allows the dentist to order a mouth guard that is specifically designed to accommodate the shape of your teeth.

Once the mouth guard is made, the process of fitting it is designed to be as simple to do as possible. The dentist will fit it in the office to make sure that you are comfortable and confident in wearing it, and will show you how to both put it on and take it off as and when you need. Providing that the device doesn’t cause any discomfort or obstruct your breathing in any way, Dr. Miner will then send you off to use it whenever you need it.

Do you need help with athletic mouth guards today?

If you’re in or near Durango, Colorado, and you’re in need of athletic mouth guards to help protect your teeth, then Durango Laser Dentistry can help you. Get in touch with us today to arrange an appointment and we will get the process started as soon as we can.