Mouthguards An Overview
Protect your teeth with a custom designed mouthguard.
Why is it so important to wear a mouthguard while playing sports? People who participate in contact sports are more likely to take blows to the face and mouth with a hand, ball, or stick. These blows can cause many injuries especially dental injuries. Not only are dental injuries painful and cause massive bleeding, but they are also every expensive to treat. The player’s teeth may fall out or the teeth can cause huge lacerations inside the mouth and many other injuries. Both of the above injuries involve emergency care which is very costly.
Mouthguards are an effective tool to utilize during physical activity and sports to avoid these types of injuries. But did you know that most store bought mouthguards are ineffective? Store bought mouthguards may not fit the teeth properly, therefore making them less effective during sports or physical activity.
Even though the boil and bite mouthguards seem like they are custom made and offer a greater amount of protection, this is not true. What they lack is the necessary amount of thickness to protect the teeth. They can also be easily chewed up by the athlete. Over the counter mouthguards require your mouth to be closed for maximum protection. This can make it difficult to breath and if you need to speak or yell, the mouthguard will likely fall out. This can also lead to tension in the jaw, face or neck.
Your general dentist, Dr. David Srikureja, offers custom-made mouthguards in our Montclair Plaza dental office. A custom designed mouthguard from a dentist office will fit more comfortably over the teeth acting as an extra layer of protection for your smile. Custom mouthguards allow for a perfect fit and reduced risk of falling out during physical activity or sports. They are made from actual impressions of your teeth and mouth for a precise fit.
Custom sports mouthguards are available for children and adults who participate in contact sports. To learn more about this option for protecting the health of your smile, ask your dentist during an upcoming visit or schedule an appointment in our Montclair office. We welcome new patients of all ages.