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You’ve probably seen professional athletes wearing dental mouthguards to protect their smiles while they perform. But, these protective appliances aren’t just for professional athletes–they’re for everybody! And, getting one made just for you is as simple as contacting our trusted family dentistry center in Oakbrook Terrace, IL.

If you’re looking for comfortable, custom-made dental mouthguards, then contact Dr. Peter L. Noto at Gallery Dental of Oakbrook today. Dr. Noto and our knowledgeable team can help you get the healthy, protected smile you deserve. Patients can reach our team online here, or they may call (630) 620-8300 to get started now.

Still on the fence about custom-made oral appliances? In today’s post, we answer some of your questions about dental mouthguards.

What are dental mouthguards for?

A dental mouthguard is a protective appliance that fits directly over the teeth. As such, it serves to protect the teeth, gums, tongue, and cheeks from accidental injury caused by bruxism (teeth grinding) or high-contact activities (like sports). 

How much does it cost to get fitted for a mouthguard?

The process for getting fitted with a mouthguard requires an in-depth dental exam and oral impressions. Without insurance, the initial appointment may run patients approximately $100, depending on their:

  • Geographic location
  • Dentist’s experience
  • Scope of care

However, insurance companies may partially or completely cover all of the preparatory costs of dental mouthguards. If you need help verifying your insurance coverage before an upcoming appointment, then ask our team for assistance. We are more than happy to confirm your coverage.

Does insurance cover dental mouthguards?

Yes, many insurance plans do cover dental mouthguards, whether partially or completely. However, it is always best to confirm how much coverage you have before pursuing dental mouthguards.

Without insurance, custom-made mouthguards may run upwards of $200

Are there over-the-counter solutions?

Yes, there are plenty of over-the-counter options available to consumers. Many drugstores and pharmacies have mouthguards that allow consumers to create their personalized appliances at home. But, this leaves a lot of room for error, which may result in an ill-fitting appliance that does not offer sufficient protection.

Alternatively, online retailers can provide consumers with at-home, oral cast kits to get impressions of their teeth to make their mouthguards for them. But, again, this leaves plenty of room for error that may result in a not-so-customized mouthguard.

While over-the-counter mouthguards may prevent sticker shock (at roughly $20 for store-bought appliances and $175 from online retailers), they may not be as protective or comfortable as dentist-created mouthguards.

Are dental mouthguards with a dentist worth it?

Yes. Getting professional mouthguards with a qualified dental professional is the best way to ensure proper protection and fit from your appliance. Over-the-counter solutions may work in a pinch, but they are not an ideal, long-term solution.

Custom-made Dental Mouthguards in Oakbrook Terrace, IL

At Gallery Dental of Oakbrook, we offer Makkar PPM™ mouthguards. These personalized appliances provide superior protection, enhance performance, and feel remarkably natural. 

Schedule a consultation to discuss dental mouthguards with Dr. Noto by submitting a request online or by calling (630) 620-8300 now.