Customized Sports Mouthguards Keep Smiles Safe in Oakville, ON
posted by Burloak Centre Dentistry
High impact sports such as football and soccer can be a risk to the teeth. Without sports mouthguards, many people in the Oakville, ON area are putting their teeth and gums at risk when playing sports. Our dental practice, Burloak Centre Dentistry, encourages patients to protect their smile with customized, professional-grade sports mouthguards.
What is a mouthguard?
A mouthguard is an oral appliance made of high-quality plastic that is worn when playing high impact sports to protect the teeth and soft tissues from damage that may occur during games or practice. Mouthguards reduce cuts and injuries to the soft tissues while also keeping the teeth from being knocked out. While there are mouthguards that can be purchased over-the-counter in the local drugstores, they often do not fit properly and may still leave the smile at a risk for harm. Instead, Dr. Shefali Tuli and her team at Burloak Centre Dentistry encourage patients to visit the practice to learn about the advantages of custom-made mouthguards.
How are mouthguards made?
First, patients book a consultation appointment with Dr. Shefali Tuli to ask about the advantages of using sports mouthguards during high impact activities. Once patients have decided to have a custom guard made, they go through a series of impressions which are used to create it. This ensures the mouthguard is made to fit precisely over the dental arch for optimum protection. Patients are educated on how to wear the mouthguard and how to care for it to keep it clean and fully functional for as long as possible. If there are any changes to the smile, it is important for patients to speak with their dentist to determine if a new appliance needs to be made.
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What are mouthguards made of?
Our mouthguards are made of high-quality plastic and acrylic to fit over the dental arch to fully protect it. This is a material that ensures protection of the teeth and gums while still being comfortable for patients to wear. This increases the likelihood of compliance during which patients will wear the mouthguard for certain activities that can put their smile at risk.
What happens without a mouthguard?
During high impact sports, patients are putting their smiles at risk. A blow to the facial area and mouth can result in cuts in the soft tissues, including the gums, cheeks, and tongue. Additionally, teeth may be knocked out and require reattachment. Sometimes, reattachment is not possible and restorations such as implants, bridges, or dentures may need to be considered. Other times, teeth may break and require restoration, or restorations already in the smile may fall out. This includes porcelain veneers, dental crowns, and bridges. It is best to avoid damage to the smile and invest in a mouthguard as a preventive measure.
Mouthguards are just one aspect of preventive care available at Burloak Centre Dentistry. These appliances provide protection, but patients must also understand the importance of maintaining the health of their smile with routine dental visits. Visiting the dentist twice a year for a cleaning and examination is the best way to maintain oral health and wellness. Patients who have custom mouthguards are encouraged to bring their appliances to their routine appointments, so our team can double check the fit and function. If a replacement is needed, our team will discuss with patients what can be done.
Preventative care keeps the smile healthy and free from damage. It includes:
- Wearing mouthguards
- Routine professional cleanings
- X-rays as needed
- Brushing and flossing after every meal
- Visiting the dentist as soon as possible when problems occur
Schedule a visit with Dr. Shefali Tuli and her team to learn more about the benefits of mouthguards.
Call the office today at 905.581.4436 to schedule your consultation appointment with the staff at Burloak Centre Dentistry. Our practice, conveniently located at 3513 Wyecroft Road in Oakville, ON, is here to assist with general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry solutions, as well as preventative care to improve and maintain the health of the smile. We welcome new patients into our practice for comprehensive dental care.
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