Playing sports is a great way to stay in shape and maintain good heart health. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean that sports activities are entirely risk-free. Often, people can damage their teeth due to a sport’s injury. Thankfully, your Waco dentist, Dr. Corbet Locke, offers a custom-made solution. With a mouth guard, people can safeguard their smile. In today’s blog, Dr. Locke discusses the advantages of our convenient and custom-made mouth guards.
Our teeth are coated in a thin protective layer of tooth enamel. The purpose of our enamel is to protect our sensitive inner layers of tooth structure from bacteria. When a traumatic injury cracks or chips our teeth, the layers of dentin and pulp beneath the enamel become exposed to bacteria. Soon, cavities develop. Over time, tooth decay can spread to the pulp, a bundle of living tissue acting as the tooth’s nerve center. Once there, the tooth may become infected, leading to an abscessed tooth that may require removal. Protecting your teeth keeps your smile healthy and whole.
Unlike store bought mouth guards, ours are custom-made for an accurate and comfortable fit. Dr. Locke will take an impression of your smile in order to create your mouth guard. This helps prevent gum and cheek irritation due to poor-fitting guards. Over time, the fit of your guard can change. Simply return to our practice and Dr. Locke can make you a new custom-made mouth guard. With our mouth guards, patient can both protect and preserve their smiles.
Repairing Damaged Teeth
What happens when we crack or chip our teeth? Dr. Locke will perform an oral examination to diagnose the location and severity of your dental damage. From there, he can recommend the best procedure to restore your tooth to full function and appearance. We offer the latest in cosmetic and restorative dental procedures to repair fractured or broken teeth, including:
- Porcelain veneers
- Dental bonding
- Dental crowns
Schedule an Appointment with Your Waco General Dentist
Interested in our innovative mouth guards? Then talk to your Waco general dentist today. Contact our 76172 dental office at 254-776-4888 to schedule an appointment or a consultation with your Waco general dentist, Dr. Locke. We serve patients from Waco, Woodway, McGregor, Hewitt, and surrounding communities.