Dr. Drew Shulman offers custom-made sports mouthguards in Northeast Philadelphia, PA.
The American Dental Association estimates that sports mouthguards can prevent over 200,000 injuries. This year alone, it is estimated that more than 5 million teeth will be knocked out due to sports. Protect your child from sports injuries and chipped or cracked teeth with a mouthguard. Mouthguards should be worn by children for sports like soccer, baseball, softball, volleyball, skateboarding, martial arts, hockey, or lacrosse. Contact sports, where children may be hit by a ball or other players, typically require a mouthguard.
Benefits of Custom Sports Mouthguards
Dr. Drew Shulman offers custom mouthguards to protect teeth and gums during contact sports. There are many benefits to choosing this common dental treatment versus store-bought options. Custom-fit mouthguards offer many benefits, such as:
- Protection from tooth loss
- Protecting dental work from damage
- Secure and stable fit
- Reduced chance of concussion
Sports Mouthguards in Philadelphia, PA
Custom-fit professional mouthguards save people from replacing missing teeth or treating chipped and cracked teeth with dental crowns or tooth bonding. A preventative measure like a mouthguard saves money in the long run and reduces the chance of injury or concussion. Over-the-counter mouthguards that are not custom fit can easily fall out during sports games. They may not be as comfortable as professional mouthguards and can even interfere with breathing and speaking.
First, Dr. Shulman will create a mold of your child’s teeth, fabricating a mouthguard that conforms to their mouth. The customized, comfortable fit leads to better compliance and even improved endurance on the field without the need for jaw clenching to keep the mouthguard in place. You should clean the mouthguard regularly with antibacterial solution and thoroughly clean it once a month. Cleaning the mouthguard prevents bacteria from multiplying and keeps the appliance fresh. Visit our Philadelphia office to save yourself money and save years of restorative work for your child.
Custom Sports Mouthguards FAQs
How long does it take to make a custom mouthguard?
The entire process, from initial dental exam to receiving your new mouthguards, can take between one to two weeks. The longest part is waiting for the mouthguards to be fabricated at the dental lab after your dentist sends the teeth impressions. Once we receive your new custom mouthguards, we will bring you back in for a quick fitting and care instructions.
How often should you replace mouthguard?
They should be replaced after every sports season, or every 6 months. Sports mouthguards of any type are not meant to be a one-and-done permanent solution. Mouthguards can lose their shape after constant and heavy use. Replacing them periodically will prevent unnecessary pain from a loose mouthguard, damage to teeth and the mouth.
Can I use a sports mouthguard at night to prevent snoring?
No. We do not recommend using a custom sports mouthguard for anything other than protecting teeth during active sport activity. Sports mouthguards are not meant to be worn for long periods of time, such as overnight. They may cause more issues if used improperly. We can however create a night guard that is specifically made to prevent snoring, teeth grinding, and more.
Why do my teeth hurt after wearing a mouthguard?
This can be a sign of an ill-fitting mouthguard, a mouthguard that has lost its shape, or a damaged mouthguard. Stop using your mouthguard if it is causing tooth pain, mouth discomfort, and gum pain or bleeding. Remember, they should be replaced periodically. If your mouthguard is older than the recommended lifespan, it’s time to replace it.
Schedule an Appointment
Does your child need a custom mouthguard to wear while playing sports? Call Dr. Shulman today at (215) 372-1142 for comfortable and convenient professional treatment. Protect your child’s teeth from injury and save money in the long run.