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.
"My family and I have been seeing Dr. Toms since he took over Dr. White’s practice a good many years ago.He is wonderful. I have tremendous anxiety about dental procedures. He has offered medication and used iv sedation when I had 6 crowns completed at the same time.All went very well and I have been extremely pleased with the results.When I have had to have a shot, I rarely even feel the needle. He has a great touch and a very personable manner.His staff is wonderful, as well. They are extremely competent and professional. We have been very pleased with Dr. Toms and his staff, recommending him to family and friends."- P.C. / Google / Jun 28, 2019
"Dr. Toms and his staff are incredible! My family and I have been coming here for the past 8 years and couldn't be happier with his service and expertise!"- M.T. / Google / Jun 28, 2019
"His office is the best!!! Wouldn’t go anyplace else. He is the best for sedation dentistry!"- D.H. / Facebook / Jun 20, 2019
"Dr. Toms is wonderful. I have a special needs son who is really nervous about needles. He made his experience relaxing and was able to get all the work done in one visit. Highly recommended."- R.P. / Google / May 28, 2019
"My wife and I have been patients of Dr. Toms since he has been in Gainesville and he and his staff have always given us great service and treated us with care and respect. This is an outstanding DENTIST with a GREAT STAFF. THANKS, DMD TOMS"- J.T. / Google / Mar 28, 2019
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.