Sports can be great fun. But they can also lead to injuries. Approximately 40% of sports-related injuries are dental injuries. Dental injuries can range from mild to severe. Some are easily fixedand some require extensive dental care. The one thing they all have in common is that they can be prevented. is able to help prevent dental injuries with a sports guard.
The Goal of a Sports Guard
The main goal of a sports guard is to protect the mouth from injuries while playing sports. The guard itself is a thick but flexible piece of plastic that covers the teeth, protecting them from sudden impact. It is essentially like a shock absorber for the mouth. In addition to protecting the teeth against damage, it can also help to prevent tooth avulsion, root fractures, jaw injuries, and jaw dislocation. It can even go so far as to help greatly reduce the risk of a concussion in the event of a blow to the face.
Are Kids the Only Ones Who Need Sports Guards?
You hear a lot about kids needing sports guards. If you have kids who play sports in school or for a local team, you may have been informed that you need to provide your kid with one in order for them to play. But kids are not the only ones who can benefit from wearing a sports guard. If you play a higher risk sport for a local team, or you even just play for fun, a sports guard should be part of your play. Kids are not the only ones who can suffer serious dental and oral injuries when playing sports. Adults are just as vulnerable, too.
Options for Sports Guards
You can easily get a stock or boil and bite sports guard from any store that sells sports equipment. There is typically a rather large shelf filled with them. These sports guards generally cost very little. You also have the option of having us professionally make a sports guard for you. These sports guards do cost more, but the benefits they provide are unparalleled by the benefits you can get from a more affordable sports guard at the store.
Why Should I Get a Custom Sports Guard Over One I Can Find In-Store?
So, why exactly should you consider a custom sports guard you can easily pick up for anywhere between about $10 and $30? For one, a custom sports guards provides a custom fit. You, or your child, can play confidently, knowing that your sports guard fits. When it fits properly, it is more comfortable. This can provide greater motivation actually to wear it.
Another major benefit of a custom-fit sports guard is that it provides the best protection. When a sports guard does not fit properly, an issue common with stock sports guards, it can increase your risk for dental injuries and breathing complications. A properly fitted sports guard will work to protect your teeth, jaws, and intraoral tissues. We can even make sports guards that provide protection for kids with traditional braces, helping to protect their mouth and their orthodontic work.
Finally, the protection that a custom sports guard provides helps you to avoid many types of dental and oral issues. This means that you actually save money in the long run. You can protect your mouth and still have fun, avoiding what could be a costly dental bill if you play without it.
If you or your child needs a sports guard, we are here to help. Call Wanserski Dental Center for Complex Dentistry at (715) 841-9161 to schedule an appointment today.