You might not think of a mouthguard as an essential dental accessory, but it is. Naperville Family Dentists offers custom mouthguards to protect the teeth and gums from injury or damage. They work by cushioning the teeth and gums from any impact, whether you’re playing a contact sport or simply grinding your teeth at night. Mouthguards are a good idea for anyone – athletes, children, and adults who want to protect their teeth. 

 

What are Mouthguards?

We make our mouthguards with top-of-the-line materials – a soft, durable plastic that is protective and comfortable. We can custom-fit them to each individual’s teeth so you can have the best protection possible. You wear them over your teeth, preventing the top and bottom row from coming into contact. 

Mouthguards help to prevent many different types of injuries, including:

  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • Dental avulsions (when a tooth is completely knocked out)
  • Lip, cheek, and tongue lacerations
  • Jaw joint injuries

 

Where Can I Get a Mouthguard in Naperville?

The best place to get a mouthguard is from your dentist. The process is quick and simple at Naperville Family Dentist:

  1. We will take an impression, or mold, of your teeth.
  2. We will use that mold to create a custom mouthguard that perfectly fits your smile.
  3. You will come back to our office to pick up your mouthguard, and we’ll make sure that it fits properly.
  4. You’re all set! You can now wear your mouthguard with confidence, knowing that your teeth are protected.

You can also buy “one size fits all” mouthguards at many sporting goods stores, but these are not as effective because they don’t fit snugly. They also tend to be made with lower-quality materials, so they might not last as long.

 

With What Activities Does Naperville Family Dentists Recommend Wearing a Mouthguard?

We always recommend wearing a mouthguard during any activity that could result in a blow to the head or face. These activities include contact sports such as football, hockey, lacrosse, and non-contact sports like bicycling, skateboarding, and inline skating.

 

How Do I Know if I Grind My Teeth at Night?

Teeth grinding or bruxism is a common problem. Many people do it without realizing it, and it can often happen at night while you’re asleep. Teeth grinding can cause many issues, including:

  • Waking up with a headache or sore jaw
  • Earaches
  • Wearing down the teeth
  • Fractured teeth
  • Jaw pain or stiffness

 

If you think you might be grinding your teeth at night, talk to Dr. Primiano or Dr. Mach. We can check your teeth for signs of bruxism. We can help you figure out the best way to protect your teeth and ease any pain or discomfort.

 

Are Mouthguards Expensive?

The cost of a mouthguard varies depending on the type of material it is made from and how it is fitted. Generally, though, mouthguards are not very expensive and are a worthwhile investment in your oral health. They are definitely cheaper than restoring your teeth after being damaged or knocked out. Not to mention less painful.

As with all of our dental services, we will provide cost estimates of your treatment after evaluating your teeth. We’ll answer any questions you have and help you feel confident that you are making the right decision with the treatment type and the price.

 

Keep Your Teeth Where They Belong

Your teeth belong in your mouth, and a mouthguard can help you keep them there! You can choose from various colors and designs to find the perfect one for you.

Please don’t wait until you get injured to come to see us. Come in for a consultation today at Naperville Family Dentists in Naperville, Il. We’ll help you find the best mouthguard for your needs. It could be the best decision you ever make for your teeth.