Life happens in tiny moments and things can change in an instant. If you participate in high impact sports, you should be wearing a mouth guard. Mouth guards can make protect you against injuries to your mouth, face, and jaw, and can even help protect you against concussions. Studies show that customized mouth guards can offer even greater protection than store-bought mouth guards against these types of injuries. A better fit created by a mouth guard custom-designed for your mouth is what leads the reasons for extra protection.
When it comes to protecting your smile with a mouth guard, the fit of the piece can make a world of difference. To create a custom-fit mouth guard, your dentist or prosthodontist will take a mold of your mouth, bite, and teeth. This mold will then be used to create a customized mouth guard that will precision fit the curves of the teeth. Leaving just millimeters of space between the mouth guard and the teeth can decrease the amount of protection provided. The more snug the fit of the mouth guard the better it can absorb the shock from a physical blow.
Your brain sits right above the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) in your jaw. The TMJ is the hinge joint of your jaw that controls all of the movement during biting, chewing, and talking. When a mouth injury is sustained, this joint conducts the energy from the hit right to your brain. A mouth guard with a good, proper fit can absorb most of the energy from the hit to prevent or lessen the severity of a potential brain injury. A mouth guard designed to snugly fit your unique mouth can absorb even more energy, which offers greater protection against brain injuries. If you play sports where blows to the head are commonplace, protective mouth guards are important for you to wear.
If you play high-impact sports, a customized mouth guard can protect you. To schedule a consultation with Austin Prosthodontics in Austin, TX, call 512-250-9444. We also proudly welcome patients from Cedar Park, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Leander, and all surrounding Texas communities.