When Does A Doctor Recommend You A Custom Mouth Guard
Custom Mouth Guard
As per the US market sales, it can be estimated that around 40 million mouthguards are sold in the country each year. According to another survey, it has been seen that about 71 percent of dentists regularly recommend mouthguards for athletically active patients. Of this 71 percent, only about 2 to 4 percent get a custom-fitted mouthguard made by dental professionals.
Now you may wonder why a doctor would recommend a custom mouthguard and what makes only 2 to 4 percent of the patients follow through with that advice. Before we answer the question, we need to give you the basic information first to help you understand better.
What Is A Mouth Guard?
A mouthguard is an intelligently designed prosthetic that can significantly improve dental health in some cases while protecting teeth in others. There are primarily two kinds of mouthguards. One is for medical use, while the other is for athletic purposes. But both of them serve one purpose, that is, protect the teeth from getting damaged.
While used for athletic purposes, the mouth guards your teeth and jaw against external injuries and prevents accidents like chipped teeth, loose teeth, swollen gums, and even helps in preventing facial injuries. In the case of medical mouth guards, they prevent teeth clenching, teeth grinding, and other involuntary self-harming teeth movements.
What Is Bruxism?
Bruxism is a common condition among kids, while a lesser percentage of adults suffer from it. Due to this condition, people grind, gnash or clench their teeth unconsciously. It might also happen while they are awake and also while they are sleeping.
How Do Mouth Guards Help In Treating Bruxism?
Mouthguards are used as simple prosthetic devices to treat Bruxism. The medical mouthguards simply act as a physical barrier between your jaw and prevent you from grinding your teeth or clenching too hard.
It is also used to prevent sleep apnea, nighttime jaw clenching, and teeth grinding. Jaw clenching and teeth grinding are often the common signs of anxiety and stress. This often results in problems and issues like chipped tooth, loose tooth, swollen gums, sore jaw, and headache.
Advantages Of Having A Custom Made Mouth Guard?
Now, coming back to the question, “When will a doctor recommend a custom mouthguard?”.
Now that you know that mouthguards are simple protective wear that protects your teeth, a doctor is most likely to recommend you a mouthguard when your teeth are at risk, and there’s a chance of damage, internal or external.
Now coming back to the “custom” part. A custom-made dental mouthguard is made at the dentist’s office. It is made by the dentist or by a professional. The dental guards made in this process are as per the shape of your teeth and dental arrangement. This “custom” fitting makes the mouth guards a ‘perfect fit, sleek and comfortable wear. This way, the mouthguards are easy to wear and are comfortable. You won’t feel the bulkiness of wearing a protective prosthetic.
Because of being ‘custom-made,’ these mouthguards can be a bit expensive. But they are worth the extra money as they are comfortable, making it perfect for long-time wear and offering the best protection with the best possible fittings along with the best material.
What Are The Cheaper Alternatives?
If we are talking about alternatives, there are only two kinds of mouthguards worth mentioning. Over-the-counter mouthguards are mostly made from hardened rubber, and they come in one size only. They are easily available in departmental stores, and you do not need a prescription to buy these. Needless to say, it’s a ‘one size fits all’ idea and the cheaper material makes it a cheaper buy, but uncomfortable wear as well.
On the other hand, re-moldable mouthguards offer you the best of both worlds. They cost a bit more than over-the-counter ones as they let you mold a mouthguard as per your teeth shape, and you can remold them when they feel loose. The material is also good, and they are significantly cheaper than the ones provided by dentists.
Now that you know when and why a doctor will recommend you a mouth guard, it’s time you understand your needs and make the purchase of your dental needs and daily routine. Keep smiling!