The mouthguard protects teeth and nearby structures such as bones, jaws and soft tissues. It is used in contact sports but also in activities where there is the risk of a fall.
Types of mouthguards
Many types of mouthguards are available. The generic ones are less expensive but they offer limited protection. For optimal results, it is best to use custom made mouthguards adapted to your mouth and to your activity. They cost more but the investment is worth it in terms of comfort and protection. Some insurance plans cover mouthguards made by dentists. They figure that the mouthguards will cost less than the treatments caused by a lost or broken tooth.
Your dentist can help you select the mouthguard most appropriate for your situation. Do not hesitate to bring up the subject. For additional advice, visit the following websites: