A sports guard is a protective device worn over teeth during athletic activity. At Caspian Dental Center sports guards are made to be flexible and comfortable so they do not interfere with normal breathing or speaking.
A sports guard can protect teeth from injury. This includes protecting teeth from direct impact or injury from flying or falling objects and can help buffer a blow to the jaw, minimizing the risk of broken or fractured teeth.
Why Are Sports Guards Used?
A sports guard can protect teeth from damage while playing contact sports. This includes basketball, football, soccer, wrestling, and more. Sports guards are protective and help prevent broken teeth, chipped teeth, or knocked-out teeth. Custom-fitted sports guards are molded to perfectly fit the athlete’s teeth.
Benefits of Sports Guards
Protects Against Broken Teeth
Sports guards provide a cushion for your teeth to prevent damage. If your teeth are knocked out or otherwise damaged by an impact, you’ll be glad you have protection in place.
Protects Against Jaw Fractures
Patients who play contact sports should consider custom-fitted sports guards. These guards are specially crafted to protect the entire mouth, including the teeth, gums, lips, and tongue.
Athletes who wear sports guards are less likely to experience avulsion injuries. Avulsion injuries are dental injuries that occur as a result of an impact on the lower jaw, causing the teeth to be knocked loose from their sockets.
One of the most common dental injuries is a broken or knocked-out tooth. If a sports guard is worn, the risk of sustaining a concussion or other head injury is greatly reduced. A concussion is an injury to the brain that occurs when a blow to the head is sustained. Even a minor concussion can have serious consequences, so it is important to wear protective gear when playing contact sports.
Prevents Tooth Loss
While sports guards can’t protect your teeth from every type of injury, they can protect your teeth and soft tissues against some sports-related injuries. For example, they can protect your teeth from being knocked out when playing sports like football, basketball, and hockey. They can also protect your soft tissues, such as your tongue, cheeks, and lips, from being cut or injured.
Prevents Jaw Dislocations
Did you know that an athlete is 30 times more likely to dislocate a jaw than a regular person? This is because a jaw guard protects the jaw. When a jaw is unprotected, the chances of it getting dislocated are extremely high. Jaw dislocations can be painful, and may require surgery to correct.
Prevents TMJ Disorders
Sports guards are an important preventative measure for athletes. They protect your teeth from injury during contact sports, such as football, basketball, hockey, boxing, soccer, and lacrosse.
Wearing a sports guard prevents injuries that can damage teeth, which can result in jaw disorders, such as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). TMD can cause severe discomfort and pain when it is left untreated.
Get in touch with Caspian Dental Center at 410 Park Grove Dr Katy, TX 77450, or call (832)-501-9392 to schedule an appointment for the best dental care for your particular needs.