Every year, thousands of children and adults all around the country are treated for dental injuries that could have been prevented or at the very least minimised, by wearing a mouth guard.
Generally the treatment needed if you get a sporting injury in the mouth is long, complex and expensive. It may involve numerous appointments and often root canal treatment
will be needed, presuming it is even possible to save the tooth.
The old saying ‘it is better to be safe than sorry’, is certainly true when it comes to getting a mouth guard to protect your teeth.
Mouth guards protect you in the following ways:
- They protect your teeth from direct impact from heads, elbows, knees, fists and a range of sporting equipment.
- They stop your teeth from smashing into each other and causing further damage.
- They help to protect your lips by shielding them from your teeth and preventing them from being severely bitten and damaged.
- They can buffer a blow to the chin, so helping stop concussion and reducing the chance your jaw fracturing.
I treat a few children every year, who have had their front teeth literally smashed from an elbow or a hockey stick. In some circumstances they had had mouth guards, but sadly they had chosen to tuck them in their socks instead of wear them!
If the impact fractures the root of the tooth, it may not be possible to save the tooth- in this case, you may have to have the tooth extracted
Remember, you only get one set of adult teeth so you may have to wear a denture
to replace your missing teeth
until you have stopped growing, or until you are able to consider an implant or a dental bridge
If the tooth is pushed into your gum, it may need orthodontic treatment to pull it out and back into line. This can be expensive and take 1-2 years.
This may all sound a little dramatic, and I guess it is, until the reality hits home in that split second when you get that bash or knock to your mouth and hear a crack and then it's all too late. I am simply highlighting the fact that such a relatively small investment can protect such an important thing- your smile. Ask yourself... Is it worth the risk?
If your front teeth get damaged it is a long, expensive and uncomfortable road and things will NEVER be the same!
If an accident happened to my child’s mouth, I would be so upset because I know the recovery journey they would have to take and how simply it could have been avoided.
If you’re an adult the situation is not that much better. It is not advisable to consider implants or a bridge until you have stopped playing the particular sport that caused your problem in the first place.
If you were to get a second blow to the mouth, it may damage the teeth supporting the bridge or bone around the implant, meaning more teeth are lost and reducing the number of treatment options that would then be available to you.