It has been shown that properly fabricated custom made mouthguards by your dentist can reduce the rate of concussion as well as dental and mandibular injuries. Repeated concussions appear to impart cumulative damage, resulting in increased severity and duration with each incident. Therefore it is imperative to diagnose and deliver proper custom made mouthguards to athletes after an episode of concussion.
In football, the chance of having a second concussion is four times greater than the chance of sustaining a first concussion.
Catastrophic brain swelling may occur following a second minor head injury in individuals who are still symptomatic from a prior conclussion.
Dental injuries are the most common type of orofacial injury sustained during participation in sports; the majority of these dental injuries are preventable.
1. An athlete is 60 times more likely to sustain damage to the teeth when not wearing a protective mouthguard.
3. Every athlete involved in contact sport has about a 10% chance per season of an orofacial injury, or a 33-56% chance during an athletic career.
4. The cost to replant a tooth and the follow-up dental treatment is about $5000.
5. Victims of knocked out teeth who do not have a tooth properly preserved or replanted may face lifetime dental costs of $15,000-$20,000/tooth, hours in the dental chair, and the possible development of other dental problems such as periodontal disease.
6. It is estimated that faceguards and mouthguards prevent approximately 200,000 injuries each year in high school and college football.
7. The stock mouthguard which is bought at sports stores without any individual fitting, provide only a low level of protection, if any. If the wearer is rendered unconscious, there is a risk the mouthguard may lodge in the throat potentially causing an airway obstruction.
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