Protect your teeth with a sports mouth guard in Oakville, ON
While playing sports is great for your physical and mental health, proper protection is crucial to preventing painful and expensive injuries. While most athletes hit the field with pads and helmets, many of them neglect to protect their teeth. The dental team at Burloak Centre Dentistry offers custom-fitted mouth guards to help cushion blows to the jaw and prevent tooth trauma.
The benefits of a custom-fitted sports guard
Even low contact sports offer a significant risk for head injuries. While there are many options for protecting your teeth, they are not all created equally. Ready-to-wear mouth guards rarely fit well, and they are likely to slip out on contact. Boil and bite mouth guards have minimal padding and are often difficult to fit correctly. You may have to hold your haw in an awkward position when wearing them, and it can make it harder to breathe without offering significant protection.
Sports guards that are custom fitted to your teeth and jaw offer better cushioning without interfering with speaking or breathing. While the price is higher, the cost of injuries they prevent can easily be 20 times more. Professionally formed mouth guards are more comfortable, last longer, and can save you money on dental care. Additionally, mouthguards can reduce your risk of concussion and head injuries when you take a blow to the jaw. Wearing a mouthguard during practices and games can help ensure you keep your full smile for years to come.
What to expect from the fitting process
To get fitted for a mouth guard, your dentist will make an impression using dental molding. You will need to bite down on the putty-like substance for a few moments and wait for it to harden. Once it is ready, we will send the impression to the dental lab, and your mouth guard will be ready to pick up within a couple of weeks. Your dentist will discuss the proper way to wear and care for your mouth guard to help it last longer.
Your mouth guard should be replaced every season or after a severe blow to the face. If you do suffer a serious tooth injury, we offer emergency appointments six days a week, and in many cases, we can help save a lost tooth. To learn more about our mouth guards, contact our office in Oakville, ON, today at 905.581.4436.