Cosmetic & Family Dentistry

Sports Guards

We are a nation of sports lovers. The thrill of players rushing the field to make the perfect play, a goal that is scored in the last five seconds of the game, and an athlete who just surpasses their opponent in the last five yards of a race are all components of sports we enjoy.  Most sports contain some element of contact.  Whether it is with another player or within the course of play, a factor of contact is almost inevitable. If you are a parent of a child athlete, a talented young athlete yourself, or you just play pickup sports for fun with friends, it is absolutely essential that you take the proper precautions to prevent injuries to your mouth and teeth.

Oral injuries are one of the most common injuries affiliated with sports.  There are many serious consequences associated with oral injuries if you do not take the necessary precautions to protect your mouth.  Athletes are often left in serious pain after an oral injury and in some cases, prevent them continuing the sport that they love. Sport mouthguards are the best way to prevent an oral injury to an athlete.

While sports mouth guards can be purchased over the counter in sporting goods stores, the most effective sports guards are ones that are made in a dental lab. Sports mouth guards that you can purchase in stores are only based off of a brief molding of your teeth formed from a hot water boil to the rubber guard.  These types of guards do not adequately protect the unique structure of each individual tooth or extend far enough to cover the entire alignment of teeth.  At our dental office we will custom fit the guard to fit the structure of your mouth to give you the best protection possible.

Dr. Renee Yurovsky has experience in working with athletes of all ages to create that custom-fitted, comfortable sports guard that they need to protect their mouths.  There are many benefits entailed to having a custom sports mouth guard, including:

  • Comfort and Fit
  • Stability in your Mouth
  • Maximum Protection
  • Minimal to No Effect on Breathing
  • Minimal Interference on Speech

 

At your initial appointment at our dental office, Dr. Renee Yurovsky will consult with you the benefits of receiving a custom mouth guard. She will address the risks and issues that are involved in the specific sport that you play when it comes to protecting your oral health. Unlike a store-bought mouth guard, there are many advantages to having a dentist-made mouth guard.  Dr. Yurovsky will start by taking a mold of your mouth and then create a custom mouth guard that will specifically fit the structure of your mouth.  This guard will essentially be designed specifically for you, the sport that you play and your personal dental history.

A professionally made sports mouth guard can also provide protection from lip, jaw, and facial injuries, as well as concussions. Protect yourself from injury and contact Yurovsky Dental in Philadelphia for a custom-fitted sports mouth guard.

The American Dental Association recommends that mouth guards be worn during all heavy contact sports. For more information please visit their website below:

http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/m/mouthguards