PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE. IF YOU THINK CAR SEAT BELT OR MOTORBIKE HELMET: THINK CUSTOM MADE MOUTHGUARD!
Any contact sport or physical activity can result in injury to the teeth and supporting structures. Possible consequences of an impact injury might be:
- Laceration to the lips, tongue or gums
- Fracture of teeth or jawbones
- Teeth being displaced or knocked out completely
- Tooth death due to nerve injury
- Jaw joint damage
Custom made mouthguards are recommended to protect against the above for activities such as :
- Australian Rules Football
- Martial Arts
- Basket Ball
- Mountain Biking
- Road Cycling
- Event Horse Riding
There is worldwide consensus amongst all Professional Dental, Medical and Sports Governing Associations that wearing a custom made mouth guard is beneficial in the prevention of such injuries.
The RFU (Rugby Football Union – England) strongly recommend that gum shields are worn for any contact rugby sessions – it is also recommended that such gum shields should be custom fitted.
It is the player’s responsibility to ensure that they wear adequate equipment to play the sport under World Rugby’s Laws of the Game. The type of mouthguard a player should wear is a matter of personal preference, however failure to fit a mouthguard properly may reduce the effectiveness of the device. The IRFU (Irish Rugby Football union) advise that all players attend their dentist to get fitted for a player specific mouthguard.
There are reports that “off the shelf” mouth guards can actually cause more damage as they will not fit accurately, do not remain in place at the point of impact and may not be made to the recommended specifications.
It is widely documented that an individual custom made mouth guard using 4 mm bi-laminate layered mouth guard material offers far superior protection than any “ off the shelf ( boil and bite)” products.
Traumatic injury may result in significant psychological and aesthetic impact, not to mention the need for lifelong on going treatment together with considerable expense.
Starlight Dental Clinic uses 4 mm bi-laminate material which is the recommended standard and follows the laboratory manufacturing process advised by the worlds top Dental Universities. All Club, National and International teams engaged in physical contact sports use this product.