Dental injuries are the most frequently incurred orofacial injuries from sports activities. However, a proper sports guard can protect your teeth and jaw from chipping, or prevent tooth loss entirely. Sports mouthguards are essential for anyone participating in any rigorous sport activities such as boxing, hockey, football, skateboarding, and gymnastics.
These are the main types of mouthguards:
Boil and bite mouthguards
Made from thermoplastic material, this type of mouthguard is submerged in a bowl of boiling water to soften it before molding them over the teeth for a customized fit. This mouthguard is common amongst athletes because it can be purchased from pharmacies and sports stores. However, most sports dentists do not recommend their use for all preventing dental injuries, as they often suffer from poor retention and inaccurate fitting.
Stock mouthguards are often the least protective. They come in limited sizes and pre-formed shapes that are ready-to-wear. To improve the fit and comfort of these mouthguards, athletes will often trim them to better customize their fit. Although these mouthguards are the least expensive option, they can compromise the level of of protection for the teeth and jaw, and are not always recommended by dental professionals.
These mouthguards are custom made in a dental laboratory, and are considered to be one of the most expensive options. Its design can be customized depending on the sport played, the patient’s age, their level of competition, and any apparent dental issues. Any history of dental injury or concussion is also considered to determine any specific protection that might be needed, which other types of mouthguards cannot address. The dentist will make an impression of your teeth and then construct the mouthguard over a model of them. Most professional athletes prefer custom mouthguards because they fit and feel better, without interfering with speaking and breathing.
Whichever type of mouthguard you choose, it should be tear-resistant, resilient, and comfortable. A well-made mouthguard reduces the chance of broken teeth, concussion, or jaw fracture. It should also have a level of comfort that does not restrict your speech or breathing.
Dr. Mark Rhody Dentistry in Etobicoke can help you protect your teeth, mouth, and jaw from sports injuries. Call us today at (416) 231-4281 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for your comfortable, custom mouthguard.