A custom sports mouth guard can be made for your teeth that is specially fabricated to prevent broken or chipped teeth while playing sports.
Sports mouth guards fit over the upper or lower teeth to prevent tooth damage from contact sports like football, basketball, hockey, soccer, and wrestling.
Wherever incidental contact with solid objects and other participants is common, sports mouth guards help to protect your teeth from injury by preventing the subsequent cause of dental sports injuries: when upper and lower teeth collide after contact.
The mouthguard is an important piece of safety equipment for you or your child. Mouthguards cushion blows that would otherwise cause broken teeth, injuries to the lips and face, and sometimes, even jaw fractures.
Don’t assume that mouthguards are just for athletes. Any adult or child involved in a recreational activity that may cause injury to the mouth (such as rollerblading or skateboarding) should protect his or her smile with a mouthguard.
We can create a special mouthguard just for you – one that will provide comfort and a proper fit. This mouthguard will be designed and constructed in our dental office or dental lab. Although custom-made mouthguards may be more expensive than standard mouthguards purchased in stores, you’ll find that their exceptionally good fit, comfort and overall quality make them worth it. A custom-made mouthguard stays in your mouth and causes minimal interference with speech.
If you’d like to learn more about mouthguards, please call our office at 317-882-0228 or ask me about fitting you for one at your next appointment. As always, we want the best for our patients and look forward to giving you the preventive care you deserve!
Frequently Asked Questions
Why not use an over-the-counter mouth guard?
The smaller size and more secure fit of a custom, lab-created mouth guard provides the following advantages:
- Clearer Speech – for when communication with other team members is important such as in a huddle or on the court
- More Comfortable Fit – when you’re less distracted by what’s in your mouth, you can concentrate better on your sport
- Less Restricted Breathing – improve your performance over the more bulky mouth guards; breath advantage in your game
What am I protecting against? What causes a dental sports injury?
Dental injuries in sports are due mostly to tooth-to-tooth contact between the upper and lower teeth. Your teeth are made of hard bone and when the collision of the lower and upper teeth come together, something has to give. A mouth guard worn on the upper or lower teeth cushions the blow to protect both the upper and lower teeth.