Sports and athletic events are one of the leading causes of dental injuries. The absence of mouthguard during sports further exposes teeth to potential danger and increases the risk of severe injuries. Mouthguards not only protect the teeth from severe damage but they also serve as a deterrent to severe injuries to the head.
Dental injuries can lead to teeth loss and pulpal injury. In addition, a severe blow to the base of the skull in the vertical direction can cause a concussion. Custom-made sports mouthguards can substantially prevent the occurrence of such instances.
Here are some of the vital ways in which mouthguards prevent oral injuries:
The design of these types of mouthguards varies depending on the athlete who will be using the equipment. A qualified dentist designs custom-made sports mouthguards by taking a player’s dental history and requirements into consideration. A thorough study of the sports an athlete participates in is conducted in addition to carrying out detailed research on the injuries sustained in the past to create a design for the mouthguard. For instance, an athlete plays lawn tennis which does not involve a lot of contact and collisions then a mouthguard with thickness relatively lower than those used in contact sports can be made. There are two types of custom made sports mouthguards namely single-layered and multi-layered. The single-layered mouthguard is 0.8 inches in thickness and uses ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) and is manufactured using a vacuum machine. These mouthguards can be fabricated in the office itself. On the other hand, multi-layered mouthguards are 0.15 inches using pressure lamination. Multi-layered mouthguards are manufactured using multiple sheets that are pressed together on the cast of an athlete’s teeth using high pressure and heat. These mouthguards are best suited for athletes participating in contact sports. Custom made sports mouthguards provide effective comfort and fit in addition to offering maximum protection to all teeth including posterior teeth.
Our team at Damen Dental Associates specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of a variety of dental ailments. This includes dental exams, professional dental cleanings, root canal treatments or cosmetic enhancements like teeth whitening, Botox treatment, and teeth contouring. We also utilize the latest technology like digital X-rays to devise the best treatment plan for you. If you are looking for a smile makeover or full mouth reconstruction, visit Damen Dental Associates for the best dental experience.
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