Did you know that up to 40% of all dental injuries occur during sports? Even when participating in non-contact sports there is always the risk of impact to the face from a ball, the ground, or another person. These injuries often happen to the teeth, mouth, or face and can be very serious.
According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons, it is recommended that appropriate protective headgear and a mouth guard be worn by every person participating, no matter what sport they play. When these two things are worn correctly, the risk of trauma from an impact to the head or mouth is drastically reduced.
There are 3 different types of sports mouth guards available:
These kinds of mouth guards are pre-made and are available to purchase at your local sporting goods store or online. Although convenient, these tend to be uncomfortable because they are not made to fit your mouth properly and provide less protection.
Boil and Bite Guards
The way this guard works is that it is designed to be softened in boiling water before using it. Once the guard is ready, the wearer bites down on it to create an impression for their teeth to mold to it. These are a better option than a stock mouth guard because they have a better fit.
More durable than a stock guard, or a boil and bite guard, custom guards are made from impressions done by our doctor in the office and they are the most accurate fit for your teeth. With our help, you will be able to choose which type of mouthguard is the best for you.
Every year, over 5,000,000 teeth are injured or knocked out and around $500,000,000 is spent on treatment. If any of your teeth have been injured or knocked out, can provide you with immediate instructions. With prompt care, teeth can often be saved and even re implanted.
If you would like custom guards created for you or your family, contact our oral surgeon in Lakewood, NY today to schedule a consultation.