Here at Mount Lawley Dental, we provide custom-made mouthguards to help protect your mouth from a range of oral health related issues. Our mouthguards are made by taking impressions of your mouth to create a protective oral appliance to suit your lifestyle.
Designed to precisely fit over your mouth, a custom sports mouthguard offers maximum protection on the sports field. A custom-fitted mouthguard is designed to evenly absorb and spread the impact of a collision, reducing your risk of incurring a chipped, cracked or knocked-out tooth.
Mouthguards can be made for any age, and depending on your private health insurance policy, might even be gap-free. Even if you don’t have private health cover, a custom mouthguard is a sound investment because it’ll help prevent serious injuries that may lead to a lifetime of costly treatment.
A custom-fitted sports mouthguard is more costly than ready-to-wear or ‘boil and bite’ mouthguards, however it offers a wider range of advantages than its cheaper alternatives:
Bruxism is a common condition that is often triggered by stress and other lifestyle factors. If you’re grinding your teeth and clenching your jaw during the day or night, it could be a sign of bruxism.
Wearing a custom mouthguard or night splint helps to protect your teeth from chipping, fracturing, loosening or being worn down. Made from a hard moulded plastic, a custom night splint fits over your lower or upper teeth to minimise wear and tear from bruxism.
A night splint might also be prescribed to relieve jaw joint pressure and other symptoms associated with temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD).
OSA (obstructive sleep apnea) is a common chronic sleep disorder that causes you to snore and impacts on sleep. It can be caused by factors including:
Wearing a custom mouthguard known as a mandibular advancement device (MAD) can help to alleviate symptoms of mild to moderate OSA. It works by bringing the lower jaw forward and opening the airway to avoid obstruction and vibration (snoring).
OSA needs to be diagnosed by a sleep specialist before it can be treated by a dentist. For mild or moderate cases of OSA, a MAD device may be a suitable treatment option. Once you've been for a sleep study and diagnosis, your records are sent to your dentist for a custom device to be made. Signs of OSA include:
OSA will change with age and other lifestyle factors. Self-prescribed anti-snoring devices bought online or over the counter may seem to reduce or stop snoring, but will mask the other symptoms of OSA that pose a risk to your health. A proper diagnosis and prescription are recommended to manage the sleep disorder.
Clean your mouthguard under room temperature water and a cleaning solution to keep it in good condition. Avoid using hot water to rinse your mouthguard as it will warp it out of shape.
By making sure you clean your mouthguard after every use, you’ll keep it free from staining and plaque build-up that can ruin the mouthguard and require you to replace it sooner than necessary.
Most premium health insurance policies with dental extras will partially or fully cover the cost of a custom-fitted sports mouthguard from the dentist. Contact your private health insurance provider for your rebate entitlements to learn what’s covered for your oral health needs.
A night guard or splint is an oral appliance custom made by dentists that's worn over the teeth while sleeping. A night splint may be recommended to help prevent snoring and sleep apnoea or to prevent teeth grinding and clenching during sleep.
A custom mouthguard costs more than a boil-and-bite mouthguard, but it also offers more protection from injuries and means you could avoid expensive dental fees later. Custom mouthguards at Mount Lawley Dental start from $200, however the cost may be fully or at least partially covered by private health insurance.
A custom-made sports mouthguard that’s been fitted by a dentist offers maximum protection against dental injuries from playing contact sports. A custom-fitted mouthguard is designed using dental impressions taken of your mouth, so the mouthguard will fit the exact contours of your teeth and gums.
While a custom-made mouthguard is more expensive than DIY mouthguards, they offer superior protection, maximum comfort and can last much longer than their cheaper counterparts.
The added advantage of seeing your dentist for a sports mouthguard is that they can examine your teeth and gums and identify any dental issues that may need addressing prior to your mouthguard being fitted.