The Basic Science of Mouth Guards
With no mouth guard, a blow to the lower face sends shock waves through the skull. A direct impact can fracture the front teeth, however other blows, particularly to the lower jaw, can cause other damage.
A blow to the lower jaw can slam the jaws together, and the sudden impact of the fairly sharp lower teeth into the back of the upper teeth is like a chisel, causing a fracture of the upper teeth and punches them forwarders.
In some cases, the transmitted forces can lead to a fracture of the lower jaw or will travel through the jaw joint (TMJ) into the base of the skull causing a concussion.
Mouth guards act as a shock absorber, both spreading the force over a larger area, and increasing the time for the peak force to occur. Dissipating the energy of the blow over a larger area and longer time reduces its effect, and prevents, or vastly reduces any injury.
Why do I need a custom made mouth guard?
Custom-made mouthguards are somewhat more expensive than stock mouth guards purchased in stores, their exceptionally good fit, comfort, and overall quality make them worth it.
A custom-made mouth guard is easily retained in the mouth and does not interfere with speech or breathing. For these reasons, custom-made devices are often preferred by sports enthusiasts and recommended. So give your smile a sporting chance – ask for a custom made mouth guard.
At PretoriaSmile, we can customise your mouth guard (even when you have braces), an impression will be taken and you may select your colour.
Your mouth guard will be supplied at the earliest convenience in a mouthguard holder for you to keep safe!