Protection From Traumatic Injuries
A properly constructed mouth guard should be able to protect the teeth to reduce any impact and trauma to the jaw and the central nervous system of the brain.
The use of mouth guards have been proven effective in minimizing the risk of traumatic brain injury for both children and adults. Mouth guards also protect the wearer of cheek and lip lesions, jawbone and tooth fractures, and neck injuries.
Stock mouth guards are available at sports stores, but if you prefer a fully-customized mouth guard call your Saratoga dentist, Dr. Prasad.
Kinds of Mouth Guards
- Stock mouth guards – the fit in these guards is universal and they are readily available so are quite inexpensive. Unfortunately, the fit is not good and they are often too small or too big, so they are uncomfortable to wear.
- Boil and Bite mouth guards– they are made from a thermoplastic material that softens when immersed in hot water so you can register your bite and create a perfect mould. They are more expensive than ready-made stock trays but more effective as a mouth guard.
- Customized mouth guards – they are fabricated by the dentist by first taking an impression of either jaw, so that a dental cast or mould can be formed where the mouth guard will be fabricated. Considering the labor involved and the function of the appliance, you can expect customized mouth guards to be more expensive but they are easier and more comfortable to wear.
Contact your friendly and professional Argonaut Dental team in Saratoga today to make an appointment and learn more about mouth guards and its benefits.
Call (408) 867-1800.