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Mouthguards (Sports)


Image of a mouthgaurd at Roane Family Dental.Roane Family Dental can help protect you and your family's health while playing sports by fitting patients with a mouthguard. Wearing mouth protection during contact activities such as basketball, football, hockey, and martial arts prevent damage to the teeth, which can frequently occur. Braces are especially important to protect during sports with a mouthguard because damaging them can be both costly and painful, as well as setting back the corrective process. Fillings and implants are subject to harm as well. Damage to the teeth is not the only concern - sports injuries can also result in damage to the tissues and support structures in the mouth.

What are the Different Types of Mouthguards?


Standard mouthguards can be purchased in stores with a one-size-fits-all approach. Most store-bought mouthguards are made of plastic, making them less durable and less protective than specially designed mouthguards in our office. These standard mouthguards work to a certain extent, but a custom design fitted to an individual's mouth using special material provides ideal protection.

Mouthguards are commonly made to cover only the upper teeth, but depending on the needs of the patient they can be made to cover the lower teeth as well, completely encasing the teeth for maximum shielding from injury. Another advantage of custom mouthguards is that they minimize movement during activity, which can prevent damage caused by ill-fitting and flimsier mouthguards.

What are Sports Mouthguards Made of?


While plastic is usually found in over-the-counter mouthguards, most custom mouthguards are made using one of a variety of materials: polyurethane, poly copolymer clear thermoplastic, or laminated thermoplastic. These materials are much stronger and longer-lasting than plastic mouthguards bought at a store, saving money in the long run and providing more adequate protection during sports.

How are Sports Mouthguards Made?


A model of the mouth is taken by our dentists. After that, a custom vacuum-formed mouthguard is produced using the mold of our patient's mouth with one of the materials mentioned above. After the process is complete, the patient can test the mouthguard. We can make any necessary adjustments manually to find the perfect fit and make sure your teeth are completely protected during sporting activities. Our patients often reported much higher comfort levels with our specially designed mouthguards as opposed to conventional plastic ones.

How Durable Are Our Mouthguards?


Standard plastic mouthguards usually last only a few weeks or months before they become worn out and ineffective. On the other hand, the mouthguards we customize in our clinic can function well for longer periods, sometimes even years. However, children often need new mouthguards more frequently because the size and shape of their mouths are still developing.

Many dental insurance plans cover these devices, saving you money. Our expert providers mold each patient's mouth and use the most advanced materials for the highest quality mouthguards available. We recommend our custom mouthguards for all patients who participate in contact sports.

To schedule an appointment for yourself or your children, contact Roane Family Dental at (503) 974-0464. Our friendly team will always be happy to see you in our office.

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"I have been a patient here for 10 years, since he started this practice. He has fixed my chipped front teeth twice, most recently this week. He is truly an artist and such a nice guy! My teeth look natural and healthy again. As always, the procedure was painless, quick, and professional. The office is clean, the front office is efficient, and everyone is friendly.

Dr. Roane even opened the clinic on New Year's Day a few years ago to treat my daughter's dry socket after she had her wisdom teeth pulled. I will always be grateful for that, and will remain a loyal patient here even though I moved to Tigard 2 years ago."
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