Every year thousands of people are treated for dental injuries sustained in contact sport. More than a third of all traumatic injuries to the teeth and jaws are sports related. The Sports Medicine Association Of Australia reports that 50% of children experience some form of dental injury during sport or contact activities.
A mouthguard can help prevent tooth damage or minimise the severity of a dental injury. Mouthguards are also beneficial in protecting the jaws. Serious injuries such as concussion, cerebral haemorrhage, jaw fractures and neck injuries can be prevented by minimising the force generated when the lower jaw gets jammed into the upper jaw.
The Australian Dental Association recommends using only a professionally fitted custom mouthguard to ensure ideal protection during sport and contact activities. Both the Australian Dental Association and Standards Australia do not recommend over-the-counter “boil and bite” mouthguards as they are poor fitting, less comfortable and offer inadequate protection.
A custom fitted mouthguard can be made by a Dental Prosthetist by taking an impression taken of your teeth and then creating a plaster model. This allows the professional to accurately assess your mouth and provide a custom mouthguard with the best fit, coverage, thickness and protection.
Custom mouthguards have a number of benefits:
- They are more comfortable
- They provide the best protection
- They have maximum resistance against being dislodged
- They will not restrict your breathing
All custom mouthguards will come with a rigid storage container and instructions on how to best care for your mouthguard.
Your Dental Prosthetist should review your mouthguard every 12 months to ensure that it still fits correctly.