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.
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.
"It's difficult to know where to begin! Our family of 4, plus my mother, have all been cared for by Dr. Toms and his staff for over 20 years. From my children's dental needs (wisdom teeth, too!) to my elderly mother's care, Dr. Toms has always helped us sort through all options and guided us all the way. His skill and sensitivity put both of my children at ease and they now are adults who are comfortable with dental visits. Dr. Toms has been a great friend to our family! Very highly recommended."- J.M. / Google / Mar 22, 2022
"I know he is a very positive person that believes in his patients and family taken care of."- M.T. / Google / Jan 06, 2022
"Kind, professional staff led by a very knowledgeable and caring dentist. Very accommodating to patients, they work as a team. They strive for excellence in all areas of their services. Office is beautifully decorated and well organized. Myself and a large part of my family have been regular patients for years. Now that I’ve moved out of the immediate area I still drive back to keep my dental care on the same high level with the same people."- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Sep 28, 2021
"Great Dentist. friendly, efficient and personable staff. The dentist is honest and will not push unnecessary procedures."- C.C. / Google / Jul 23, 2021
"I recently moved to GA and had not established care with a dentist yet. While I was eating, a crown from a previous root canal came off. So, I needed to find a dentist ASAP! I have pretty significant dental-related anxiety and previously sought out a dentist certified in sedation dentistry for this reason. I found several several recommendations for Dr. Toms online and was pleasantly surprised and relieved to learn that he is certified and proficient in both oral and IV sedation. I called his office to schedule an appointment and did not expect a next-day appointment! The staff was so friendly on the phone, and even more welcoming in person! They made me feel like a long time regular patient from the first moment I met them! I filled out all of my paperwork online before my appointment and just had to sign them once I arrived., The check-in process was smooth and quick, and I waited less than 10 minutes to see Dr.,Toms., They even scheduled my cleaning 2 days later! Highly recommend!"- J.M. / Google / May 23, 2021
What to Expect
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.
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.
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.