Mouthguards are an essential item for people playing sport and can save your teeth from damage. Professionally fitted mouthguards are prepared in a dental laboratory from impressions made by your dentist. Almost half of all sporting injuries are dental-related. The injuries, sustained by collisions, include chipped or broken teeth, teeth concussion, avulsion (separation by pulling or tearing) and subluxation (fracture or partial dislocation).
Custom-made mouthguards are more expensive, but conform exactly to your teeth structure and offer the best protection. Mouth-formed mouthguards, also known as “boil and bite” mouth guards, are immersed into boiling water and placed in the athlete’s mouth to shape it around the contours of the teeth.
Ready-made mouthguards are an overthe-counter (OTC) product and the least expensive option, but also the least comfortable and effective. Benefits of a custom-made mouthguard: Dental injuries caused by collisions often require significant repair that can potentially incur hefty financial and emotional costs.
Many injuries can be avoided by wearing a custom-made mouth guard. These mouthguards not only offer optimum
protection and cushioning against sudden impacts and collisions, but they also allow you to speak and breathe clearly during games. They are moulded after a dentist has evaluated and precisely measured your teeth structure.
The mouthguard does not sacrifice oxygen intake, which is critical for comfort and proper breathing. The wearer is also able to speak clearly without any discomfort. The other options do not conform as well to the teeth and mucosa, resulting in lack of adaptability. They are unable to absorb and distribute the impact of the trauma, which defeats the purpose of wearing them.
Avoid dental sporting injuries by wearing a dental mouth guard. Call 6862 1261 to book an appointment today.