When you get ready to hit the field, or you’re helping your child get ready for practice, you make sure to pack the necessary gear you need to stay safe. Depending upon the sport, this might include a helmet, shin pads, elbow pads, and more. Staying safe is essential for protecting yourself while still having fun. There is something else you should be packing in your bag as well, and that is a mouthguard. At Summit Dental Care, we can create a custom fit mouthguard to provide you with optimal oral protection while you play.
The Risks of Not Wearing a Mouthguard
You wouldn’t think twice about wearing a helmet while playing football or shin guards while playing soccer. After all, they provide you with essential protection from injuries. The same is true for a mouthguard. Neglecting to wear a mouthguard could put you at risk for serious harm. Facial injuries sustained while playing sports could lead to tooth damage, tooth displacement, tooth loss, jaw fractures, lacerations, and concussions.
Can’t I Buy a Mouthguard at the Store?
You can find mouthguards at pretty much any sporting goods store. These mouthguards are very affordable, typically costing less than $30. Common mouthguards include stock mouthguards as well as boil and bite mouthguards. Stock mouthguards are already molded. Boil and bite mouthguards are meant to be boiled briefly and bitten into to create a more custom fit.
Optimal Protection with a Custom Mouthguard
While stock mouthguards and boil and bite mouthguards are affordable, they do have their drawbacks. Stock mouthguards do not provide an optimal fit because they are not made to fit your mouth. Because of this, they may not provide you with the protection you need. Ill-fitting mouthguards can even increase your risk of suffering oral trauma in the event of a facial injury. Mouthguards you can find in the store may not be made from high-quality materials. As a result, they may not provide proper protection. They also may not last very long.
We offer custom-fit mouthguards for both adults as well as for children. These mouthguards are made from digital impressions of your mouth. This allows us to create a perfect fit for your mouth. We use high-quality materials as well. With a properly fitted mouthguard using the best materials available, we can help you protect your teeth, jaw, and soft tissues from potentially serious injuries while you, or your child, play.
The Benefits of Wearing a Custom Mouthguard
One of the biggest benefits of a custom mouthguard is that it will provide you with incredible protection while you play. It helps to protect your teeth from damage, displacement, and avulsion. Your soft tissues are protected from cuts. Your jaw is protected from fractures. A custom mouthguard can even help to reduce your risk for concussions. It can also last longer than more generic types of mouthguards. While custom mouthguards do cost more, the protection they provide can help to save you from suffering serious oral injuries, which not only helps you to avoid pain but potentially expensive dental procedures as well.
If you are interested in getting a custom fit mouthguard to protect your mouth while you play your favorite sport, call Summit Dental Care at (208) 490-8141 to schedule an appointment today.