Sports Dentistry

Sports Dentistry is the treatment and prevention of oral/facial athletic injuries and related oral diseases and manifestations. Our greatest goal in sports dentistry is prevention of injury through properly fitted mouth guards. However, accidents do happen.

Preseason examinations are essential in preventing injuries. These examinations need to include health histories, diagnosis of cavities, the relationship of the patient's jaw to maxilla, loose teeth, crown and bridge work, missing teeth, dental habits, need for extractions, oral cancer screening and histories for trauma. This information allows us to fabricate the correct type of mouth guard and ensure the athlete has a season free of dental pain.

Mouth guard design and fabrication is extremely important. There are four types of mouth guards according to dental literature. Stock, Boil and Bite, Vacuum Custom made, and Pressure Laminated Custom made. Stock and Boil and Bite mouth guards that you can buy online and at sporting goods stores DO NOT provide the protection needed for most athletes. The bulkiness of Stock and Boil and Bite mouth guards make it difficult to talk as well as breath. These ill-fitting mouth guards simply can't accommodate the differences between athletes. The American Dental Association, Academy for Sports Dentistry, and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry all recommend custom fitted mouth guards that are made by a dental professional from a model made from an impression of the individuals’ teeth.  The ADA recommends that mouth guards be used in more than 30 sports and activities. 

For these differences, it is extremely important that a custom mouth guard from Dr. Bear be fabricated.

If you are interested in having me come to speak to your group on topics related to oral-facial trauma, mouth guards, and sports dentistry please feel free to contact my office and I would be happy to speak with you.  Also, if your athletic team would like to know more about what a team dentist can do for you, please feel free to call as well.

Customizeable Mouthguards

TekFit™ Sports Mouthguards are an essential piece of gear for virtually every sport. Not only do they protect the teeth from trauma caused by direct impact, but also soft tissue such as lips, tongue and face. Whether it’s a full contact sport that mandates dental protection, or a lower impact sport that recommends it, a TekFit™ Sports Mouthguard is the one piece of gear that athletes should never be without.

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