Dental injuries account for large portion of emergencies seen both in the E.R. and at the dentist’s office. Protecting the state of your oral health is one of the easiest things you can do you for your overall well-being, especially if you are active or at a higher risk for accidents or injury.
Wearing a professionally made mouthguard (sports guard) can greatly reduce the chances of you or your loved one experiencing lost or broken teeth due to trauma.
How do Mouthguards Work?
Professional custom-made mouth guards are designed to fit snugly with your unique dental structure. An impression of your teeth is obtained and sent to a dental lab for the appliance to be crafted.
Usually, sports guards only cover your upper teeth, but in some situations, often when braces or another appliance are affixed to the lower arch, a mouthguard for the lower teeth is fashioned as well. Your dentist can recommend the best sports guard solution for you or your child. An effective mouthguard should resist tears, be comfortable, durable and easy to clean, and should not restrict your breathing or speech.
Because of the special design and personalized fit, there is little room for the guards to shift out of place. If trauma to the teeth occurs, the blow is cushioned by the protective guard, reducing the impact of a collision.
Mouthguards and Sports
These appliances help limit the damage caused by accidental injury. Parents who have young athletes injured while participating in sports understand the cost of dental procedures to address these oral injuries incurred on the field.
They also work well for children with braces to protect their orthodontic work as well as prevent brackets and wires from injuring soft-tissue during an impact.
A good rule-of-thumb when deciding if a sports guard is appropriate is that if a helmet is recommended, so is a mouthguard.
What about Drugstore Mouthguards?
Over-the-counter guards are available, and any protection is better than none. However, these mass-produced appliances often fall out or move out of place, leaving the teeth vulnerable. Professional mouthguards provide the most comfort and protection.
Bruxism (Teeth Grinding) and TMJ
These guards are not typically designed to treat TMJ but can help protect your smile if you have a history of teeth-grinding. Bruxism and worn down teeth are common causes of TMJ, so sports guards can indirectly reduce the chances of developing this painful syndrome.
Call today to Learn More about Sports Guards and our Middletown, NJ Dentists
Middletown Family Dental is dedicated to helping patients preserve the health and function of their smiles. Our friendly staff is eager to answer your questions and help you keep your teeth safe and free from all kinds of dental damage.