In a recent blog, we discussed how an oral appliance can be used to protect your teeth from bruxism. This retainer-like device is made to shield your teeth from grinding against each other. At Riverside Dental Group in California, we offer several types of guards that can keep your pearly whites safe. For example, patients who play contact sports may benefit from pro-form mouthguards.
When Is A Mouthguard Necessary?
This appliance can protect your teeth from injury. If you play contact sports, you may be at higher risk of damaging your smile through chips, breaks, cuts, and even jaw injuries. To prevent emergency visits and restorative treatments, you can wear this defensive gear. The mouthguard will shield your teeth from injury and will help distribute pressure throughout your mouth. This way, if you happen to bite down on your tongue or cheek, you are protected.
Can You Use Store-Bought Guards?
Pharmacies and grocery stores may sell this protective gear. In a pinch, this may be helpful to have basic protection. However, these are generic and will not target your specific needs. They may not fit properly into your mouth, which could potentially cause more harm. Instead, you can talk to your dentist about creating a custom one. They will take an impression of your oral cavity and have the appliance made in a lab. This way, it will fit snuggly into your smile. In addition to this advantage, they also come in a variety of colors.
What To Do If An Injury Occurs
Even with proper precautions, accidents can still happen. If one of your pearly whites has been injured, it’s important to seek care as soon as possible. Do not wait until your next appointment to have the area examined. Instead, you can schedule an emergency visit with your dentist. The staff will assess the injury and determine if any treatments are necessary.
Common sports-related injuries may include a chipped, broken, or knocked-out tooth, cuts to the tongue or cheek, or broken orthodontic appliances. If a wire or bracket on your braces has broken, your orthodontist may be able to replace or repair it. Broken or chipped teeth can be restored with a dental crown or with cosmetic bonding, depending on the severity.
Talk To Your Dentist Today
If you are interested in receiving a mouthguard, talk to your dentist at your next appointment. To schedule a visit, call Riverside Dental Group at your nearest location.
Riverside Dental Group at Magnolia in Riverside, CA at (951) 689-5031.
Dental Associates of Moreno Valley in Moreno Valley, CA at (951) 697-6800.
Riverside Dental Group at Woodcrest in Riverside, CA at (951) 776-9001.
Dental Associates of Riverside in Riverside, CA at (951) 369-1001.
Dental Associates of Corona in Corona, CA at (951) 273-9580.