Do you love to play sports? If the answer is yes then please think about getting a properly fitting mouthguard. Here at Avery’s Creek Family Dentistry, we see too many dental injuries caused by an accidental blow to the mouth. Unfortunately, this kind of trauma can cause lasting damage to your smile, or in the worst case will even knock out a tooth. It is estimated that around 5 million teeth are completely knocked out in the United States each year. The lifetime cost of treating a knocked out tooth can be anywhere between $5,000 and $20,000. This is without taking into account the emotional trauma caused by such an injury. Although we can replace a knocked out tooth with a front tooth implant, we’d much prefer to prevent this injury.
Who Is at Risk of a Sports Injury?
Certain sports carry a high risk of a dental injury. These include sports like boxing, football and soccer, as well as hockey and basketball. It is easy to see how sports that carry a high risk of contact can often cause a dental injury. However, there are lots of other noncontact sports that also carry a high risk of injury, for example, horse-riding, gymnastics and skateboarding. If there is any risk of taking a blow to the mouth then it’s worth getting a mouthguard.
Customer for mouthguards at Avery's Creek Family Dentistry.

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What Are the Different Types of Mouthguards?
There are several different types of mouthguards that are available and which include over-the-counter as well as custom-made mouthguards. Generally, mouthguards are only designed to fit over the upper teeth. However if you have any type of fixed dental appliance on your lower jaw, for example braces then we may suggest you have a mouthguard to protect your lower teeth.
Stock Mouthguards
These are the cheapest option available and are ready to wear. You can buy them in sporting goods stores and in lots of department stores. Initially this might seem like an appealing choice, but they are unlikely to fit very well. There’s not much you can do to adjust a stock mouthguard and often they are bulky and uncomfortable to use. This type of mouthguard offers minimal protection and they can make it difficult to breathe easily and to talk. It’s unlikely any local dentists would recommend you wear this kind of mouthguard.
Boil and Bite Mouthguards
Boil and bite mouthguards are also easily bought over-the-counter and will generally fit a bit better than stock mouth guards. This type of mouthguard is made from a thermoplastic material that can be softened in hot water. Using your fingers and tongue, the mouthguard can then be adapted to fit a little better over your teeth and gums. The fit is unlikely to be very good and these kind mouthguards are still pretty uncomfortable to wear. However, they may at least offer some minimal protection.
Custom-Made Mouthguards
Our custom-made mouthguards are individually designed for each patient. They will offer you the highest level of protection against dental injuries. We will make sure your mouthguard is comfortable to wear, so you can breathe easily while using it. Every mouthguard is made from the very highest quality materials that are odor and taste free. Your custom-made mouthguard might cost a little more than an over-the-counter mouthguard, but the level of protection is far superior. When you consider the potential cost of replacement teeth or dental implants, then it’s well worthwhile.
If you love to play sports then please talk to us here at Avery’s Creek Family Dentistry about a custom-made mouthguard.
What Is the Procedure for a Custom-Made Mouthguard?
To make your mouthguard, our local dentist will take an impression of your teeth. This is used to custom-make your mouthguard so it will fit perfectly. Our mouthguards come in a wide variety of colors and designs so you can express your creativity, or why not pick your team colors?
 If you need the best mouthguards you can get, Call Avery’s Creek Family Dentistry Today at (828)676-2114.
How Do I Look after My Custom-Made Mouthguard?
It’s easy to look after your mouthguard. Simply rinse it in cool or lukewarm water after every use to make sure it is thoroughly clean. Store it in the perforated container provided and make sure it is away from any direct heat. Exposing your mouthguard to heat could distort it.
How Long Will My Mouthguard Last?
We suggest you bring your mouthguard with you to your regular dental exams. Our local dentist will check the fit and condition of your mouthguard to make sure it doesn’t have any rips or tears. With the proper care, your mouthguard should last for quite a while. Children’s mouthguards tend to need replacing more frequently. This is because their teeth and jaws are still developing and it’s important to make sure their mouthguard still fits correctly.
 Mouthguards made at Avery's Creek Family Dentistry.
If you would like to know more about our custom-made mouthguards or if you have any questions then please get in touch with us straightaway. Call Us Today on (828)-676-2144
Avery’s Creek Family Dentistry serves Avery’s Creek, Arden, Asheville, Oak Park, Fletcher, Royal Pines, Biltmore Park, Biltmore Forest, Bent Creek, Fairview, Beaverdam, Candler, Naples, Mills River, Enka Village, Woodside Hills and the Buncombe County area.
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