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When Is A Mouth Guard Needed?

Did you know that more than five million teeth are knocked out each year in North America, many during sporting events? In fact, dental injuries are the most common type of injury to the face sustained during participation in sports — especially practices. The loss of a single tooth can be costly and cause teeth and jaw problems that will last over a person’s lifetime. Furthermore, custom made mouth guards significantly reduce the incidence of concussion.

A custom made mouth guard is an important part of your equipment for these and many other sports: acrobatics, baseball, basketball, cycling, discus, equestrian, field hockey, football, gymnastics, handball, horseback riding, ice hockey,in-line skating, judo, karate, lacrosse, martial arts, motocross, parachuting, racquetball, ringette, rugby, shot put, skateboarding, skiing, soccer, squash, surfing, tennis, trampoline, volleyball, water polo, weight lifting, wrestling.

Patients with braces are still able to wear mouth guards — in fact a mouth guard will help prevent your wires/bands from breaking during a game and will also prevent your lips and gums from embedding in the braces after a blow.

There are several kinds of mouth guards to choose from:

1. Custom-made mouth guards

Custom guards are usually made by vacuum or pressure forming a polyvinyl mold guard over a stone model of the athlete’s teeth. Though somewhat more expensive than other guards, these custom made guards provide significantly better protection, comfort and fit. Available from your dentist, these superior guards ensure that the athlete’s speech and breathing are not impaired. Mouth guards of varying thicknesses can be made to best suit your needs.   Our on-site lab can fabricate mouth guards in a variety of colors, styles and thicknesses.

Why should I wear a custom-made mouth guard? When used together with a helmet and face mask, a custom-made mouth guard will greatly reduce injuries to the head and neck. A custom-made mouth guard will protect your jaw joint or prevent concussions by acting as a cushion for your lower jaw.

A custom fabricated mouth guard will reduce the incidence of jaw fracture, protect the soft tissue of your mouth, like the lips, tongue, cheek, and gums, and lessen the chances of breaking your front teeth by about 90%.
For your custom mouth guard, talk to us - our on site laboratory has specialized equipment for fabrications of sports mudguardsdentistry next.  They come in a wide variety of team colors, if desired, and there are several affordable options available.

2. Stock ready to wear guards

These kinds of mouth guards are inexpensive but often impair speech or breathing and may be difficult to wear, as the athlete must bite down on the guard to hold it in place.  They are based on the concept of "one size fits all."

3. Boil and bite guards

These kinds of guards, though better formed than stock guards, are often bulky and don’t fit particularly well, causing problems with speech and breathing.  Available at the local sporting goods or hardware stores, these are sold in a small, medium, or large format - not customized to an individual bite.

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