This is accomplished by separating the jaw, thus preventing the condyles from being displaced upward and backward against the wall of the glenoid fossa. The proper use of a mouthguard can reduce the incidence and severity of injuries during sports and athletic activities of any type.
The ready-made store brought mouthguards, known as ?the boil and bites? are formed by biting into them, which displaces the material needed to protect your teeth and jaws.
To be used on a regular basis, mouthguards must be comfortable, not impede breathing, and allow for normal speech.
The ready made store bought tooth protector and the directly formed, thermoplastic mouthguard fall short in one or more of these important areas.
Mouthguards should be custom formed for the individual patient. An exact fit is crucial at the moment of impact. Custom finishing ensures that the occlusal forces are balanced, protecting the TMJ from concussion causing impacts.