Mouthguards and Dental Splints
Youth and adolescent sports participation has grown steadily over the years. It is estimated that 20 to 25 million youths participate in competitive sports. As a result of this growth in participation levels, incidence of injury has also increased. Some have reported sports to account for approximately 36% of all unintentional injuries to children and adolescents.
The American National Youth Sports Foundation for Safety reports dental injuries as the most common type of orofacial injury sustained during sports participation. They contend that an athlete is 60 times more likely to sustain damage to the teeth when not wearing a protective mouthguard. Oftentimes these injuries will result in permanent damage to oral structures which require medical intervention.
Dental injuries are easily prevented. Some experts recommend that mouthguards be worn by athletes in competitive and recreational sports in which impact, contact and collision are likely to occur.
We offer custom-made mouthguards based on the layers of protection you require for your sport.
A dental splint is an appliance used to protect teeth and their supporting structures from damage caused by grinding or clenching. Clenching or grinding of the teeth, also termed bruxism, can happen when a patient is awake or asleep, which is often associated with stress or poor habits. As such dentists can recommend splints may be in the form of either a tooth night guard or a flexible/semi-rigid or rigid splint.
Our doctors will tailor your splints based on your individual requirements. Contact us to find out more.