Contact sports like hockey, lacrosse, and football require mouthguards. Mouthguards protect teeth, braces, and oral appliances from damage or loss. Patients with temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) benefit from nightguards, which are similar to mouthguards but cover one or more of the tooth arches. Nightguards are meant to cover and protect chewing surfaces. Dr. Jerome Cha provides custom mouthguard treatment for patients in Tulsa, OK, to help maintain patients’ health, preventing dental problems like tooth damage or loss. Our office also provides general dentistry services to new and existing patients in Tulsa, OK.
Custom Mouthguard Treatment in Tulsa, OK
Dr. Cha takes dental impressions to create functional and comfortable mouthguards. A custom-made mouthguard or nightguard performs correctly and prevents the wearer from clenching their teeth to keep their appliance in place.
A sports mouthguard is made of rubber-like plastic that typically covers the upper teeth. Sports mouthguards prevent cuts to the soft tissue of the mouth, knocked-out teeth, damaged braces, and other problems patients can encounter while playing sports. Custom mouthguards allow patients to focus on the game and not on their mouthguards. Boil and bite mouthguards can easily fall out and make it harder to communicate.
Wearing a custom mouthguard:
- Makes it easier to drink and speak
- Prevents broken or lost teeth
- Can increase focus on the game
Patients who experience headaches, migraines, jaw pain, tooth wear, and teeth clenching and grinding from TMD benefit from nightguards. Custom TMJ nightguards are typically made of hard acrylic materials that help prevent patients from chewing on their appliances. They can cover the upper or lower teeth. Over time, patients with TMD experience worn and even broken teeth if they continue to clench and grind their teeth at night.
TMJ nightguards can:
- Prevent tooth wear and broken teeth
- Alleviate jaw pain and pressure
- Stop headaches and migraines
Request a Dental Appointment
Do you need a nightguard for TMD? Is it time to get a new sports mouthguard? Call 918-347-1114. You may also schedule a dental consultation with us online.