Sports Mouthguards

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much is a sports mouthguard from a dentist?

A custom-made sports mouthguard appropriate for non-contact sports costs $165. A custom-made heavy duty sports mouthguard for contact sports costs $275. Impressions are taken of the teeth and gums and the mouthguard is made with these to ensure an accurate fit for best protection and comfort. Cheap boil and bite mouthguards you can buy from the pharmacy don’t have an accurate fit around the teeth and gums and so don’t offer good protection and may not feel very comfortable to wear.

How often does a custom sports mouthguard need replacing?

This will depend on the intensity of the sport you play and any damage that may occur that the mouthguard bears the brunt of. If you look after your mouthguard, you could get through several seasons before you need to think about replacing it. If a mouthguard needs to be replaced after a short period of time, it’s very likely that it has already assisted in reducing impact and more serious damage to your mouth, jaw and teeth. Have a discussion with your dentist about the sport you play so you can get an idea of how often we’d expect to replace a mouthguard for you. If you are involved in high intensity physical sports where contact to the mouth can occur more regularly, then expect replacement more frequently. Do understand that a sports mouthguard in ideal condition is most important in these cases as the risk of injury is higher.

Why should I get a custom sports mouthguard?

A custom sports mouthguard is a superior barrier for your mouth for contact sport or other similar activity that can result in unexpected contact to the mouth. Non-custom mouthguards are cheap but generic and not made especially for your teeth and your bite. At best, you heat up the material and bite into it to provide a fit around your teeth, but you are doing this yourself so the fit is not very precise. Someone who receives a strong impact to the mouth while using a non-custom mouthguard could end up having more damage due to the mouthguard not providing the best coverage of the teeth and gums. A custom mouthguard made at the dentist is shaped exactly to your mouth and your bite to offer the best fit and protection. In the unfortunate case of impact, it can help put a precise barrier between your teeth and gums and the full force of that impact and could genuinely be the difference between minor injury and missing teeth

Are sports mouthguards effective?

Custom sports mouthguards are very effective. Nobody can guarantee that you will never suffer from a severe dental emergency when using a sports mouthguard as it really does come down to the trauma you experience, however in many cases, a custom mouthguard can be the difference between minor and serious injuries. You only get one set of adult teeth so best to do everything you can to protect them.

Can a sports mouthguard damage my teeth?

A custom sports mouthguard is not responsible for damaging your teeth. Conversely, it will reduce any impact and minimize the trauma to your teeth and gums. Without a custom mouthguard, the damage to your teeth would most likely be much worse. A custom mouthguard is made to fit your individual teeth and bite and when used correctly will not cause any damage to your teeth. A generic mouthguard could easily lead to damage of your teeth and gums during an impact as it won’t fit exactly around your tissues and may not cover as much of your mouth as a custom-made one. Ill-fitting generic mouthguards may also put pressure on the teeth and gums and cause irritation or discomfort.

Sports Mouthguards Procedure and Cost

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A sports mouthguard isn’t just for protecting your teeth. Wearing a mouthguard can also help to prevent or reduce the impact of injuries to other parts of your head and jaw.  Mouthguards provide a cushion for your teeth against impact, while also protecting against jaw joint and soft tissue injuries.  They can also help to prevent neck and jaw injuries as well as help reduce concussion.

Using a mouthguard is all about keeping preventive measures in mind with regards to your dental health.  Playing a sport is a great lifestyle choice.  You’re looking after your body and fitness while having a bit of fun at the same time.  Choosing to wear a mouthguard compliments the positive choice you are making by also looking after your mouth and teeth.  In the past, mouthguards were probably less common but today many professional athletes are advocates for their use, and they are often seen wearing them during games.

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The Right Fit Matters!

To give the best protection against injuries, mouthguards should be custom-fitted by your dentist.  At Central Brisbane Dental, your dentist can accurately assess your mouth and determine the mouthguard that is most appropriate for you.  Impressions are taken of your teeth and gums to form models on which your mouthguard is custom-fitted to provide the best result.  This ensures the mouthguard is comfortable, well-fitting, allows clear speech, won’t shift or fall out and won’t restrict breathing.

Over-the-counter mouthguards have a poorer fit to your teeth and gums and hence do not provide enough protection against injuries to your teeth, mouth or jaw.  Although over-the-counter mouthguards are cheaper, it is worthwhile investing in a custom-fitted mouthguard from your dentist as dental injuries can be more costly.

Do I Really Need To Wear That?

If you’re asking that question, you may be using a cheap over-the-counter mouthguard at the moment or not using one at all.  A custom mouthguard is the best method for protecting your mouth and provides many benefits:

  • Custom fit for comfort
  • Custom fit for clearer speech
  • No breathing restrictions
  • Will remain in place
  • Cushions and protects teeth from impact
  • Protects against injuring the soft tissues of the mouth
  • Helps prevent neck, jaw and jaw joint injuries

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How To Handle Common Sports Injuries!

If a dental injury has occurred, please see a dentist straight away as time is critical in preventing permanent damage.  If a tooth is cracked or chipped, place any broken pieces in milk or plastic wrap if milk is not available and take them with you to the dentist who can determine whether these pieces can be reattached.  If a tooth is completely knocked out, what you do is different depending on whether the tooth is a baby tooth or an adult tooth.

If a baby tooth is knocked out, it is important not to attempt to put it back into its socket as this may cause damage to the permanent tooth or lead to infection.  A clean cloth should be used to apply pressure directly to the injured area to control bleeding.  An ice pack or cold compress can be applied to the area to minimise swelling.  If an adult tooth is knocked out, it needs to be handled with extreme care in hope that it can be replaced in the mouth with success.  The tooth must be handled gently, trying to avoid touching the root of the tooth, scraping or rubbing the tooth surface or removing any soft tissue fragments from the tooth.  The tooth must be kept moist at all times, but should not be put in ice or hot water or rinsed or stored in water for longer than 1 or 2 seconds.

What's The Difference Between A Custom Mouthguard Made By A Dentist And A Sports Mouthguard You Buy From The Shops?

As a dentist, we often get asked this question.  Dentist mouthguards cost a lot of money compared to sports mouthguards from Rebel or Amart Sports.  Is there any difference between these cheap mouthguards and those from the dentist?  Of course there is and the differences are very significant.  Sports mouthguards you can by from the shops don’t fit your mouth exactly and therefore, doesn’t protect your teeth and gums that well.  A dentist custom mouthguard is made from moulds of your mouth to ensure the best fit and protection for your teeth and gums.  There are claims from companies that they sell custom mouthguards online or at the shop without the need to see a dentist.  These are commonly called boil and bite mouthguards as they involve boiling a mouthguard template and biting into it yourself at home.  It is obvious that there is a high risk of error with this procedure and therefore a high risk of a poorly moulded mouthguard.  It is best to get a custom mouthguard from a local Brisbane dentist.  Our custom mouthguards are made from impressions of your mouth by our dentists and an Australian dental laboratory that is only five minutes away from our Brisbane CBD dental clinic.  Don’t let the custom mouthguard price get in the way of protecting your teeth from injury.

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