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 which is scored in the last five seconds of the game, and an athlete who just barely surpasses their opponent in the last five yards of a race are all components of sports which we, as a society, tend to enjoy.  Many of these 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 sports for fun with friends, it is absolutely vital that you take the proper precautions to prevent injuries to your mouth and teeth.

A helmet provides great protection, preventing athletes from sustaining serious head injuries such as concussions, cerebral hemorrhaging, jaw fractures, and situations where the lower and upper jaw can slide into one another. Although helmets are crucial to the prevention of injury, oral injuries are among the most commonly seen injuries in most impact sports by medical professionals.  There are many serious consequences of oral injuries when the necessary precautions are not taken to protect the mouth of an athlete. Athletes are often left in serious pain in the aftermath of an oral injury, and, in some cases, prevent them continuing the sport that they love.  Sports mouth guards are an effective approach to protecting the soft tissue in the oral cavity, preventing lacerations to the lips and cheeks, and preventing tooth loss.

Custom mouth guards are made from exact and precise models of a patient’s own teeth; made of resilient and tear resistant materials to ensure a proper, comfortable fit.  A custom-fitted mouth guard must be protective and resilient, not bulky and have excellent retention and sufficient thickness in crucial areas.  Worn to cover the upper teeth, mouth guards don’t just protect your pearly whites.  They also safeguard your gums, tongue, cheeks, and lips.  Without the use of a mouth guard, accidents can damage these parts of your mouth, which can then lead to tooth fractures, fractured jaw, and trauma. 

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 which 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 which result from having a custom sports mouth guard made, including:

  • Comfort and fit
  • Stability in your mouth
  • Minimal to no effect on breathing
  • Minimal interference with speech
  • Maximum protection

At your initial appointment at our dental office, Dr. Renee Yurovsky will consult with you on the benefits of receiving a custom mouth guard.  She will address the risks and issues which are involved in the specific sport that you play when it comes to protecting your oral health.  There are many advantages to choosing a dentist-made mouth guard over a store bought one.  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 basically 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 the lip, jaw, and facial injuries, as well as from concussions.  Protect yourself from injury; 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: