Mouth Guards (Sports)
At Jon C. Packman DDS, our team can design and fit suitable mouth guards depending on your needs. Also known as mouth protectors or sports guards, this device has a singular objective. To protect your teeth from damage as a result of impact to your head and face.
Mouth guards are common in athletes who participate in high impact sports such as gymnastics, hockey, baseball, football, soccer, basketball, and skateboarding among other activities which may lead to a mouth injury.
Some of the most common dental injuries include fractures such as root fractures or chipped tooth, avulsions, which includes getting the entire tooth knocked out and luxation which is a term used to describe a tooth in the socket but in a displaced position either laterally or an extrusion.
In most cases, mouth guards protect the upper teeth. In addition to protecting the teeth against damage, mouth guards prevent damage to the mouth and cut lips. However, we also recommend that people with fixed or removable dentures or braces on the lower jaw wear a mouth protector.
The Different Types of Mouth Guards
Regardless of the mouth guard, you choose to wear; the bottom line remains to be durability, comfort, and wear-resistance. Furthermore, they should fit perfectly such that they don’t hinder breathing or speech.
The first type is customized mouth guards. As the name suggests, the mouth guard designs will be made in a dental laboratory. To achieve this, we will take an impression of your teeth which will be used to craft a mouth guard from a model.
Since they are customized according to your needs, they are bound to provide the most comfort and protection. Also, many athletes prefer these mouth guards, but you’ll have to dig deeper into your pocket.
Non-customized mouth protectors are less expensive since they are pre-formed and ready to wear. Since they don’t fit your mouth as well as custom mouth guards, they can make talking and breathing difficult.
Boil and bite mouth protectors are pre-formed, but you can alter the shape by boiling the mouth protector in water. Afterward, you bite into the protector to fit your mouth. Our team is more than happy to provide you with these if you wish.
At this point, it’s vital to note that you must follow the indicated instructions to avoid ending up with an uncomfortable mouth guard due to poor fitting.
How Long do Mouth Protectors Last?
We recommend replacing the mouth guards after the end of each season since they can wear and tear during the season, thus reducing their effectiveness. This may also pose a danger to your mouth.
Regular replacement is vital for adolescents since their teeth continue to grow similar to their mouths. As a result of the growth, the initial mouth guards may not be as effective as they were at the start of the season.
If you want more information about mouth guards, don’t hesitate to call the experienced professionals at Jon C. Packman DDS at (704) 978-7060 any time.