If you participate in a sport such as baseball, basketball, boxing, football, hockey, karate, netball, rugby, soccer or softball, a mouthguard can protect you from a dental emergency.
What is a custom-made mouthguard?
This protective dental device can easily prevent injuries to the mouth, cheeks and jaw. In the event of a sport injury, a custom fitted mouthguard supplied by a dentist can cushion the impact, safeguarding your neck and brain from damage.
Teeth that sustain a trauma causing tooth loss are classified as dental emergencies and require immediate attention. There is only a small time frame in which the tooth can be saved and re-rooted at the site. If you wear a mouthguard, it will greatly reduce the likelihood of this occurring.
The high-quality mouthguards made at Crown Dental Group’s on-site laboratory
- Are comfortable to wear
- Don’t hamper breathing or speaking
- Fit your bite perfectly
- Give maximum protection
- Provide superior cushioning
A Protective Device Created Just for You
Though you may have seen ready-to-wear mouthguards at sports stores, they are a stock-standard shape and often don’t fit correctly, making them less effective and causing speaking or breathing difficulties. We’ll take an impression of your teeth to create a mouthguard customised to your teeth, then create the device in our on-site dental laboratory.
We can visit your local sporting organisation to take the impressions. A range of colours and designs can match your team colours, or you can include logos and names on your mouthguard.
Custom Mouthguards Melbourne
It is possible to purchase an over-the-counter mouth guard at most pharmacies, drugstores, and some online retailers. However, if you are a first-time buyer, it would benefit you to buy it in person so that you can speak with the pharmacy professional to make sure you get the best one for you. The pros of an over-the-counter mouthguard are that they are affordable, easy to buy and relatively quick to fit. The cons are that they are not suitable for violent teeth grinders, do not last long and can be ill-fitting.
Custom-fit mouthguards can only be obtained through your dentist. If you are eligible for one, your dentist can fit you for a dental mould to begin the process of creating your custom mouthguard. At Crown Dental Group, we have an on-site laboratory where the custom mouthguard will then be created according to your exact requirements and specifications. The pros of a custom mouthguard are that they offer the best protection for both teeth and to alleviate jaw tension. They are also extremely durable, usually lasting for a few years at a time. However, they can be a little costly and do require a dentist’s appointment before they can be created.
The bottom line is that it is vital to protect your teeth. Grinding and teeth clenching can severely damage your teeth by causing cracks and fractures. These will eventually lead to more invasive and expensive procedures such as root canals, crowns, bridges and in some cases, even dentures. For this reason, the preventative nature of a mouth-guard is ideal to saving yourself time and pain.
Teeth tap against one another during a fall which leads to cracking and even losing a tooth. A mouth guard absorbs the force of this contract and offers protection to your teeth against chipping, breaking and even getting knocked out. Most people believe that mouth guards are only necessary for contact sports like hockey and rugby, but you should still protect your teeth during non-contact sports. The reason for this is because, during a fall, your jaw comes together causing your teeth to hit each other, putting you at risk of damaging them in one way or another. A mouth guard is like an airbag that cushions your teeth and prevents them from coming into contact with one another during a fall.
A mouth guard can be made of a number of materials. Some of the most common being acrylic (plastic), acetate, vinyl, rubber or a hybrid of materials. The more durable and higher-quality guards are usually made of a laminate of two different types of material – a hard one on the outside and a soft one on the inside. This is to ensure that the mouth guard is both durable and comfortable. Good quality material will make your guard more durable and resistant to biting pressure.
It is imperative that you are thoroughly cleaning and drying your mouth guard after each use to prevent any bacterial growth. As soon as you remove it from your mouth, rinse it with cool water and use your toothbrush and toothpaste to brush it. Once a week be sure to soak it for a few hours in a mix of mouth guard cleaner and water. A cleaner will remove plaque and bacteria and also make it smell nice. Avoid using makeshift cleaners such as vinegar or hydrogen peroxide as their odour can penetrate the plastic, lingering for a long time. Rinse and dry your guard to store it in its own ventilated box away from any heat source as heat can make it lose its shape.