What is a mouthguard?
A mouthguard is an appliance that is made to fit your mouth and offers protection for your teeth, jaw joints, soft tissue and neck against injuries and may even help reduce concussion when playing sports like football, boxing and hockey or participating in high impact activities. They literally offer a protective barrier around the teeth to prevent injury to the individual as well as others. Mouthguards are recommended for active people, as sport is one of the most common causes of dental injury.
Why do I need a mouthguard?
Injury prevention is the number one reason to wear a mouthguard. If you play a sport or are involved in activities where your mouth or face could be in danger, it is smart and safe to wear a mouthguard. One little slip-up can cause serious damage which could affect you for the rest of your life.
Many serious dental injuries are caused by tooth trauma and your teeth are an important asset. Wearing a properly fitted mouthguard when necessary will help you protect them against:
- Chipped teeth
- Jaw fractures or injuries
- Dental trauma which can lead to gum and lip damage
- These issues can lead to longterm dental problems
How your mouthguard will protect you:
A mouthguard is designed to protect you during the rough times. Any kind of impact can cause your head, jaw and teeth to slam together. The mouthguard material helps to reduce the force that may be caused by any direct impact, thus protecting your precious teeth and gums.
Do dentists make mouthguards?
Many, if not all dentists make mouthguards. A mouthguard is a great preventive measure to avoid serious dental injury, which is why dentists are so passionate about the use of a properly fitted mouthguard. Although mouthguards are available off the shelf in chemists and even supermarkets, having a custom fitted mouthguard is invaluable to a player as it can often be the difference between it working as it is supposed to and not working at all or falling out! A custom-fitted mouthguard is also much more comfortable to wear.
On appointment, your dentist will take an impression of your teeth using a soft, gooey material. Then a replica model is made of your teeth. A soft plastic form is then applied to the model of your teeth and creates the mouthguard.
How much does a mouthguard cost?
Mouthguards vary in price, from dental practice to practice. Drop a line to your local dental practice to get a quote.
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