Mouth Guards Overview
When you or your child plays a sport (such as football, soccer, boxing, hockey, baseball, or wrestling), then general dentist Dr. Patrick B. Toms strongly suggests a custom-made mouth guard to shield the gums, teeth, and jawbone. Compared to store-bought, generic mouth guards, custom mouth guards from Patrick B. Toms, D.M.D. will be crafted and adjusted for you, which makes it even more effective and comfortable. If you want to decrease the risk of harm to your mouth, we invite you to contact Patrick B. Toms, D.M.D. in Gainesville, GA for more information about custom-made mouth guards.
Best Candidates for Mouth Guards
Mouth guards are helpful if you or your child participates in a sport with a high risk of injury or frequent contact. A number of our patients take part in football, martial arts, volleyball, soccer, hockey, softball, wrestling, and other contact sports. A mouth guard may be particularly helpful if your child has dental restorations or braces because these can easily cut your gums as well as the soft tissues in your mouth. Mouth guards also have been proven to assist athletes in sports without contact (jogging, yoga, weight lifting) by reducing strain on the jawbone. Since a custom-made mouth guard has been created specifically for your child, it will conform better and lasts longer compared to boil and bite or stock mouth guards bought at sporting goods shops.
"Had a very fast, and great experience in Dr. Toms office. Everyone was friendly, and very helpful."- T.R. / Facebook / Mar 24, 2020
"I have extreme anxiety and fear about the dentist. I had a lower molar that had been troubling me for years but no dentist could ever get it to numb enough to fix it due to my resistance to local anesthetics. Dr. Toms used sedation dentistry techniques to correct the issues with my tooth and I can honestly say it was the best experience I have ever had with a dentist. I highly recommend his practice especially if you deal with anxiety over dentistry work. He and his staff were extremely friendly and made me feel like I was there only concern. The procedure was painless (although I must admit I dont think I was even awake for most of it) and just a few hours later I can acually chew again with a tooth I haven't been able to use for years. Thank you Dr. Toms!"- J.G. / Google / Feb 12, 2020
"I have been a patient of Dr. Toms for a very long time! My kids are too, as well as many other family members. I trust his opinion, and expertise. He is not going to recommend any unnecessary services. He and his staff have a gentle touch and are always so friendly, welcoming and professional. I highly recommend Dr. Toms to anyone looking for excellent dental care!"- C.R. / Google / Oct 26, 2019
"Been seeing Dr. Tom's for about 10 years now, have had extensive work done. I am very happy with him and his staff always professional and courteous."- K.L. / Google / Oct 26, 2019
"Dr. Toms, Lorie, and entire staff have been providing dental care to my family for many years. We have complete trust in their capabilities as dental professionals as well as their honesty and integrity. It is a blessing to recieve dental care from a group of people who make you feel like family. Thank you !!!!"- S.B. / Healthgrades / Jul 16, 2019
What to Expect with Mouth Guards
For the first step in making your mouth guard, Dr. Toms will take a collection of physical or digital impressions of your mouth. Your impressions will be sent to a dental lab where professionals will make your mouth guard out of high-quality, durable materials. Once made and sent to our practice, you will return to our office to have your guard fitted. Dr. Toms will ensure that your mouth guard fits correctly and is comfortable.
Mouth Guards Follow-Up
Once you get the guard, it's important to wear it during sports or any time your mouth requires extra protection. Taking care of your mouth guard will be critical in maintaining its lifespan. It's important to keep it in a secure location and wash it before and after every use. Dr. Toms will explain the ideal method to wash your mouth guard depending on the substances used. You should take it to each dental appointment so Dr. Toms can check its current state and also let you know when a new guard is needed.
Mouth Guards Insurance Coverage
In your initial consultation, Dr. Toms will talk about your options and prices. Patrick B. Toms, D.M.D. takes several payment types and we will be able to help you find low-interest medical financing. Insurance may cover a portion of the cost, so we'll contact your insurance company to determine your fees and calculate your personal expenses.
Don't Forget Your Mouth Guard
Protect your dental well-being and boost your sports performance using a custom-made mouth guard. Dr. Toms provides high-quality mouth guards to protect you from accidents and distress during impact sports. Schedule an appointment at Patrick B. Toms, D.M.D. in Gainesville, GA to find out more information on the advantages of custom mouth guards.