Did you know that nearly half of all dental emergencies are sports related and that many of these injuries could've been prevented? That number is staggering once you understand how easy it is to avoid certain injuries.
Here's the secret: A custom fit mouth guard. That's it, simple and easy!
Why Is Custom Better?
If investing in a custom mouth guard in Chesterfield, MO could mean the difference between saving and losing a tooth, wouldn't you do it? Of course, you would!
A custom mouth guard is made from impressions taken of your teeth, so it offers a perfect fit, as opposed to a store bought mouth guard, which is one-size-fits-all. When your mouth guard doesn't fit properly, it can be uncomfortable to wear. If it's uncomfortable to wear, you may avoid using it, which could lead to an injury.
Custom mouth guards are also more cost-effective. Sure, you may be spending more to customize it than you would at the local sporting goods store; but think of the money you'll be saving when you don't have to replace your tooth with a dental implant.
How to Handle a Sports-Related Injury
If you do find yourself in an emergency where your tooth has been knocked out, it's important to contact your dentist right away. There is a short window of time your dentist has to save your tooth, so time is of the essence in this situation.
Transport your tooth carefully, and try not to handle it too much or touch the root. Keep the cells moist and alive by placing it back in its socket if possible, or using milk to transport it.
At Chesterfield Valley Dental, your Chesterfield dentist can recommend and create a custom mouth guard for you that will keep you at the top of your game! Contact Dr. Rahm today for more information.