Knoxville and Maryville TN
Playing Sports or Working Out?
If you play sports or working out routinely, you are more likely to suffer damage to your teeth. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), nearly one-third of dental emergencies in children are caused by sports related accidents. A sports guard can protect your teeth while you engage in sports related activities. Protecting teeth with a sports guard is especially ideal for children and young adults. A sports related injury to the face increases your chance of causing damage to your mouth including:
- Avulsed tooth (tooth that is knocked out)
- Lacerations of the gum or other soft tissue inside the mouth
- Damage to existing dental work
- Broken, chipped, or fractured teeth
How a Sports Guard Works:
A sports guard absorbs the shock and force from trauma to the face, helping prevent seismic contact between teeth. Sports guards have also been shown to help prevent neurological injuries by redistributing the force of an impact to the head. Our sports guards are custom made for each patient. The sports guard is made of clear acrylic that fits over your teeth and is comfortable to wear while playing sports.
Who Should get a Sports Guard?
Sports guards are not just for people who play sports such as football, basketball, or baseball. Sports guards are ideal if you skateboard, ski, surf, mountain bike, or are a gymnast. In fact, a sports guard offers protection while engaging in any sport in which an injury to the face may occur.
Sports guards also help save you time and money down the road by avoiding costly tooth repairs. Plus, nothing is as good as your natural teeth, so protect the teeth that you have! Parents, if your child engages in sports, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Tommy Spears and Dr. Jake Goza today for a custom-made sports guard. We welcome patients of Knoxville and Maryville, Tennessee.