Sporting accidents are one of the most common causes of dental injury. Mouthguard is an essential piece of athletic gear and is beneficial as it forms a part of standard sports equipment. Mouthguards protect your teeth from injury that generally happens during high-contact sports. By wearing a mouthguard during contact sports, they help to reduce the impact of injury to the mouth area. They also help prevent chipped or broken teeth, nerve damage to a tooth, or even tooth loss. Wearing a protective custom-fitted mouthguard whilst playing sports that has a risk of contact to the face can minimise and/or avoid dental injuries. Custom-fitted mouthguards provide a better fit than other varieties, as they are made to suit your individual needs.
When made by your dentist, a custom-fitted mouthguard is:
Allows you to speak clearly
Won’t shift or fall out
Won’t restrict your breathing
The lifetime cost of teeth that are traumatised can be enormous, so prevention of trauma is the best option. At The Dentist, we are able to make customised, high-performance mouthguards.
Many people clench and/or grind their teeth and they are not aware of this! The most common time for this habit is at night whilst you are asleep. Clenching and grinding of teeth can cause excessive stress on the jaw joints and muscles, as well as the teeth and their supporting gums and bone. Excessive wear of teeth can result in unsightly appearance of teeth, and also increase the chance of tooth breakdown. A protective splint is a customised nightguard that is made out of resilient plastic. It is usually worn at night, as you are less likely to be able to control your clenching/grinding habits when you are asleep. Getting used to wearing a new appliance in your mouth when sleeping will take time, but protecting your teeth from clenching and grinding forces can be one of the best dental decisions you will ever make!