Concussion awareness and the danger to your mouth brought on by contact sports, has continued to increase in recent years. Blows to the face during contact sports greatly increase the chances of a cracked, fractured or knocked out teeth. Many of these situations can be prevented by wearing a custom mouth guard. A custom fitted mouth guard is especially important for athletes that have braces or a fixed retainer.
Despite being inexpensive and readily available, retail level mouthpieces are often uncomfortable and can also make it hard to breathe. They also only provide a bare minimum amount of protection.
Your dentist can fit you for a custom mouth guard that is specifically designed to match your teeth and bite pattern. This allows for maximum comfort and breathing. The special thermoplastic material they are made from is also very durable. With proper care they can provide years of protection for your mouth.
As an added benefit, new research has also found that a custom fitted mouth guard can reduce the chances of suffering a concussion and limit certain types of brain injury!
The bottom line is that the cost of a custom mouth guard greatly outweighs the cost of repairing or replacing damaged and lost teeth.
If you are interested in being fitted for a custom mouth guard please feel free to call us at 209-667-7889 to schedule an appointment.