A mouthguard is a cover worn over the teeth to protect them from damage. They are worn for many reasons, including during contact sports and while sleeping. They come in many shapes and sizes, and a few models can even be purchased from pharmacies and drug stores.
Unfortunately, store-bought models do not fit well and do not provide the best protection. If you are looking for a mouthguard near you, then schedule an appointment today with Dental Care Shawnee. We offer comprehensive molding and creation for mouthguard in Shawnee, KS, and are currently accepting new patients.
A mouthguard is a simple appliance made of flexible material like plastic or rubber. It typically sits over the upper or lower layer of teeth and prevents the teeth from colliding or the jaws from shifting. The material can be made more firm depending on your needs. If you are struggling with a condition where your jaws need to be held in place, then your mouthguard will be harder.
At our office, the creation of the mouthguard is completed by several parties. All you need to do is visit and have a mold of your mouth made by our dentist. You will also need to sit through an x-ray.
Once we have this data, the mold and x-rays are sent to our dental lab, who will complete the guard in as little as two weeks. You can then return and have it fitted. In the meantime, we will give you a temporary mouthguard.
Although we do make mouthguard for sports, many of our patients need an appliance to treat bruxism or obstructive sleep apnea. Bruxism is when you grind your teeth and clench your jaw without realizing it. It tends to happen when you sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea is when the throat muscles relax and block the airway during sleep.
When you receive a mouthguard from our dentist in Shawnee, KS, our staff will request updates during subsequent visits to see if it is working. If you are still having trouble, let us know, and we can advise future treatments.