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Sports Mouth Guards

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Sports Mouth Guards

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Nearly 40% of all dental injuries happen while playing sports. While contact sports like hockey and football are the worst offenders, other activities like cycling and skiing carry a certain risk as well. To help prevent or lessen the effect of sports related trauma, we recommend always using a custom mouth guard.

Mouth guards are semisoft retainers molded to either the maxillary or mandibular teeth. They are usually thicker than a nightguard but still soft and compliant when you bite down on them. If you are wearing a guard and fall or receive a blow to the face, it helps distribute the force of impact over a greater area, thus reducing the risk for chipped or cracked teeth. Likewise, the chance of biting through a tongue or lip is reduced by the blunting effect of the soft plastic. Some athletes also subconsciously grind their teeth in intense situations and these guards can protect against this abrasive enamel wear. 

You can buy mouth guards at almost any sporting goods stores. Most of them are of the "boil and bite" variety, where you heat the plastic in a pot of water and bite down on them. These usually work well enough, but we encourage you to bring the guard to your dental appointment and let us examine it. Misshapen guards can irritate the gums or cause mild orthodontic movement of the teeth.

For a "professional" fit, our office can make custom guards for any patient of record. We start by taking an impression of your teeth, create a stone model and vacuum form plastic over the model until a minimally effective thickness is reached. A short second visit is needed to deliver and adjust the guard to your comfort. If you would like to know more about mouth guards, dental trauma or other preventative oral health measures, please give our office a call!

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Sports Injuries: Basketball

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Sports Injuries: Basketball

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Today's patient came to us with a tooth knocked in after a game of basketball. Believe it or not, basketball is one of the most oral-injury prone competitive sports (even more than football). This type of injury is called a luxation- that is, the tooth was moved but not removed from it's original location in the mouth. This is a problem that needs to be evaluated by a dentist as soon as possible. Treatment usually involves moving the tooth back into its original position, stabilizing it with minor orthodontics and monitoring it for infection. However, the long term prognosis on luxation is not great. You may find yourself needing an implant, bridge or partial denture in the future. 

Though we see numerous patients every year with injuries just like this one, they are largely preventable. Sports guards are an excellent way to minimize damage to the teeth and surrounding tissues. Our office makes custom fit guards in-house for about $55. All we need is an impression of your upper teeth and 15 minutes to fit the final product. If you would like to know more about sports guards or have questions about sports injuries, please give us a call. 

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Video Blog on Mouth Guards

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Video Blog on Mouth Guards

Greetings, my name is Dr. Kari Ann Hong and I have a family dentistry practice where I see patient from all age groups.  One of my goals in my practice is to help patients keep their teeth for their entire lives.  Mouth guards are a great way to protect the teeth.  If you play a sport like rugby, football, soccer, basketball, hockey, or martial arts, then you would likely benefit from a mouth guard.  In my practice we make custom fitted, dual layered, heat pressure formed mouth guards.  A custom fitted mouth guard is made to fit on the upper arch and protects that bone above the teeth, the teeth, and the jaw joint.  It is possible to talk and breath with a custom fitted mouth guard.

Mouth guards can be made in a variety of colors and thicknesses, depending on your team and the sport being played.  Sports injuries to the teeth are a completely preventable emergency.  The life long cost associated with losing a tooth due to injury is thousands of dollars. If you would like more information about how to protect your teeth, please feel out the contact us form below.

 

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