The Royersford Dentist Offers Mouthguards and Night Appliances In Spring-Ford, Limerick, Phoenixville, Trappe, Pottstown, and Collegeville
Adults – Flat Plane Occlusal Splint
Dr. Eric Paster is one of a handful of general dentists who have been trained to fabricate a special custom-made appliance, known as a Pankey Splint, that does much more than protect your teeth from grinding. It is specially made to place your jaw in the proper position thereby relaxing the facial muscles that may be in spasm and can alleviating TMJ pain in most cases. If you are a patient who suffers from jaw pain, make sure you inquire at your first visit!
Children – Athletic Guards
Mouthguards, also known as sports guards or athletic mouth protectors, are crucial pieces of equipment for any child or adult participating in potentially injurious recreational or sporting activities. Fitting snugly over the upper teeth, mouth guards protect the entire oral region from traumatic injury, preserving both the esthetic appearance and the health of the smile. In addition, mouthguards are sometimes used to prevent tooth damage in children who grind (brux) their teeth at night.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) in particular, advocates for the use of dental mouthguards during any sporting or recreational activity. Most store-bought mouth guards cost fewer than ten dollars, making them a perfect investment for every parent.
How Can Mouthguards Protect Me?
The majority of sporting organizations now require that participants routinely wear mouthguards. Though mouthguards are primarily designed to protect the teeth, they can also vastly reduce the degree of force transmitted from a trauma impact point (jaw) to the central nervous system (base of the brain). In this way, mouthguards help minimize the risk of traumatic brain injury, which is especially important for younger children.
Mouthguards also reduce the prevalence of the following injuries:
- Cheek lesions
- Gum and soft tissue injuries
- Jawbone fractures
- Lip lesions
- Neck injuries
- Tongue lesions
- Tooth fractures
What Type Of Mouthguard Should I Purchase For My Child?
Though there are literally thousands of mouthguard brands, most brands fall into three major categories: stock mouth guards, boil and bite mouth guards, and customized mouth guards. Some points to consider when choosing a mouthguard include:
- How much money is available to spend?
- How often does the child play sports?
What kind of sport does the child play? (Basketball and baseball tend to cause the most oral injuries).
In light of these points, here is an overview of the advantages and disadvantages of each type of mouth guard:
Boil And Bite Mouthguards – These mouthguards are usually made from thermoplastic and are easily located at most sporting goods stores. These guards can actually exacerbate facial muscle pain and lead to TMJ problems. They should be avoided.
Customized Mouthguards – These mouthguards offer the greatest degree of protection, and are custom-made by the dentist. First, the dentist makes an impression of the child’s teeth using special material, and then the mouthguard is constructed over the mold. Customized mouthguards are more expensive and take longer to fit, but are more comfortable, orthodontically correct, and fully approved by the dentist.
Dr. Eric Paster is The Royersford Dentist that also services Spring-Ford, Limerick, Phoenixville, Trappe, Pottstown, Collegeville and more. He specializes in multiple dental procedures ranging from Invisalign to Dental Implants and more. Call us now for any questions (610) 948-8518. To see a full list of our services and procedures, visit our services and procedures page here.