20 Sep

London dentist fits mouth guard to avoid dental injuries in sport

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Sporting dental injuries can often be very difficult to treat because they involve a greater degree of damage to the surrounding area. For example, a knocked out tooth may be very difficult to replace due to further damage to the gums and jaw during the accident. Treatment for these types of injuries can therefore be costly and drawn out.

In most circumstances the dentist will be able to repair the damage to a reasonable standard, or replace the tooth with a dental implant, but it is a good idea to use preventative equipment. Using a mouth guard when playing physically demanding sports reduces the risk of suffering dental injuries and is far cheaper than paying for costly cosmetic dental treatment.

There are many mouth guards commercially available from sporting goods stores but these are often poorly fitting and do not provide the necessary level of protection. They don’t allow for the structure of the individuals teeth and can vary in quality. London dentists highly recommend having a guard molded and fitted specifically for your own mouth. For children, it is important to remember to replace the mouth guard regularly to accommodate for growing teeth. A well-fitted mouth guard will not cause any major discomfort during sport and could save you years of anxiety about dental injury.