Custom-fitted sports mouth guards
A custom fitted mouth guard can be made by dentist by taking an impression of your teeth. This impression is then sent to a laboratory who will made a mouth guard custom made to fit your mouth. It can take up to 2 weeks for the laboratory to make the mouth guard.
Custom fitting allows the dentist to accurately assess your mouth and provide the best fit and thickness especially for you. The dentist can also make an assessment of any risk factors you might have and recommend the best type of mouthguard appropriate for your sport.
What is a sports mouth guard?
A mouth guard is a custom made, rubber-like cover, which fits exactly over your teeth and gums, cushioning them and protecting them from damage.
Who should wear a mouth guard?
Anyone who takes part in a sport that carries a risk of contact to the face should wear a mouth guard. This includes sports such as
- BMX bike riding
- Horse riding
- Ice skating
- Cricket (if not wearing a helmet).
Why should I wear a mouthguard?
A mouth guard helps absorb the shock experienced by a blow to the face, which might otherwise result in an injury to the mouth or jaw. A heavy blow to the face can result in chipped or broken teeth, internal damage to a tooth, tooth loss, injuries to the soft tissue of the mouth. In severe cases a broken jaw. Injuries like these can lead to long and potentially expensive treatment to restore teeth and the mouth back to normal function and appearance.
How long will my mouthguard last?
Your dentist should review your mouthguard every 12 months to ensure it fits correctly. Sometimes, a mouthguard needs to be replaced if major changes occur to the teeth, like restorations or adult teeth coming through.
How do I clean my mouthguard?
Mouth guards need to be rinsed in cold water after use, dried and stored in a plastic container. Mouthguards can distort under higher temperatures, so they shouldn't be rinsed in warm water and should be kept in a cool place.