Are you or any family members active in contact sports?

Have you invested in the health and appearance of your smile? Protecting your teeth and gums from damage or loss is important- remember, teeth do not grow back. Dr. Hall can fit you or your child with a custom sports mouthguard in our Williamsburg family dental practice. Offering superior protection and comfort, a custom mouthguard is one of your most important safety measures when on the field or participating in contact sports.

Protecting your smile comfortably

Many sports require their players to wear a mouth guard during all competitions and practices. We believe this is an essential step in protecting your smile, even when not required. Sports like basketball, baseball, gymnastics, volleyball, football, and hockey all pose risks to your gum tissues as well as your teeth.

A mouthguard can often prevent other serious injuries, such as concussions, cerebral hemorrhages, and jaw fractures due to its ability to absorb contact forces. Studies have also shown that when wearing a custom mouthguard, there is less jaw clenching to keep it in place. This translates to more energy and focus on athletic performance. We often fit athletes from Williamsburg area high schools and recreation leagues with this protective gear.

A mouth protector custom fitted by a dentist is especially important for those who wear braces or have fixed or removable appliances such as bridge work. Dr. Stacey Hall offers customized solutions that provide a better fit – and therefore better protection – than anything store-bought.

Bite Guards for Teeth Grinding

Dr. Hall may recommend the use of a mouth guard to prevent teeth grinding, a common sign of a TMJ related disorder. Signs of teeth grinding can include worn or flat teeth, chipped teeth, and cracked teeth. Jaw pain and discomfort when chewing, headaches, and unexplained neck and shoulder pain are also common symptoms of TMJ.

Often worn at night, when most people grind their teeth unknowingly, a custom-fitted "night guard" can help your jaw muscles relax and prevent damage caused by teeth grinding. If you are concerned that you are grinding your teeth, schedule an appointment with Dr. Hall for a dental exam, and evaluation of your oral health. Addressing a TMJ problem can restore comfort and health to your bite.

Creating a mouthguard: about the process

Dr. Hall will take dental impressions in our office to create your custom-fit mouthguard. This is an easy and quick process and the key to a custom fit mouthguard, one that will attach snugly and protect your teeth and gums. This is what sets a custom sports mouthguard apart from store-bought options. Your impressions will be sent to a lab for the creation of your new appliance. Once complete it will be sent to our office. We will let you know when it is ready and you can come in to pick it up.

If you would like to learn more about mouthguards or the need for a night guard to prevent teeth grinding, contact our office to schedule an appointment. We welcome patients of all ages to join our local dental care family. Protect your dental health investment and your natural smile with a custom mouthguard.

Our customized mouth guards also offer protection for those who suffer from nighttime teeth grinding.

"When Dr. Hall recommended a bite guard for me during one of my six month check ups, I was very resistant. I didn't think I needed it and definitely did not want to spend the money. Over time though, Dr Hall's reasoning as to 'why' a guard was necessary started to make sense and I decided to try it. I'm glad to say it was the right decision. Although I did not think I was grinding my teeth at night, I must have been! My jaws feel so much more relaxed -I didn't know they weren't relaxed before! I also have had an occasional slight toothache in a back molar for years. Since wearing the guard there has not been an occurrence with the aching. In short, the guard has been good for me. Thanks, Dr. Hall!" ~Deanna B.