Get custom-fitted athletic mouthguards to protect your teeth in Prescott, WI
While sports offer many physical and mental benefits for kids and adults alike, going into a game without protection is dangerous for your teeth. Although tooth loss is associated with high contact sports like football, surprisingly, tooth avulsion is most common in basketball and baseball because of the lack of facial protection. Dr. Jay Feuillerat at Scenic Bluffs Dental in Prescott, WI, can provide patients the protection they need for their teeth.Request An Appointment
Benefits of sports mouthguards
Athletic mouthguards act as a protector for your teeth in case you get hit by a stray ball or in a collision with someone else, and they reduce the risk of nerve damage after an injury by acting as a shock absorber. A sports mouthpiece can also minimize the risk of cuts and bruises on your lips, gums, and tongue.
Because they separate your jaw slightly, they also help diffuse the force of a blow to the face and decrease the risk of concussive force reaching the base of your brain. This can help prevent concussions and loss of consciousness after impact and avoid the long-term effects associated with brain injury. While over the counter options are available, the custom-fitted mouthguards provide the best possible protection and are more likely to stay in place if you take a hit.
Fitting your mouthguard
The team at Scenic Bluffs Dental can craft a mouth guard for any patient who needs protection, and great care is taken to ensure a proper fit, especially if you wear braces or have bridgework or crowns in your mouth. During your appointment, Dr. Jay will take impressions of your teeth with dental molding. You will need to bite down on the putty and hold your jaw in position for a few moments to get an accurate impression. The impressions are sent to a lab, and once they are ready, you can return to test the fit.
Dr. Jay will discuss the best way to use your mouthguard and how to keep it clean between games to ensure it lasts longer. Wear and tear will vary from one person to the next, but they can last anywhere from one to three years with proper care. However, teens should replace them every season, as their mouths are still growing and changing shape, and an improper fit won’t provide adequate protection. Patients in Prescott, WI, and surrounding areas such as Ellsworth, River Falls, and Hastings, MN, can contact our office today at (715) 953-0499 to set up an appointment.