Leading LA Dentist Offers Tips on Keeping Teeth Protected During Summer Sports

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Each year, more than 5 million teeth are lost due to sports injuries. Heading into the summer sports season, leading Los Angeles prosthodontist Dr. Anthony Montella of Advanced Prosthodontic Specialists recommends athletes consider a custom athletic mouth guard for maximum protection.

When thinking about sports injuries, teeth are likely not at top of mind as being at risk of injury and needing to be protected.

But they should be.

Each year, more than 5 million teeth are knocked out in sporting activities—but the American Dental Association estimates that more than 200,000 of those injuries are prevented each year through the use of athletic mouthguards.

Many sporting good stores sell mouthguards, but these versions are not as effective as customized sports mouthguards, said Dr. Anthony Montella of Advanced Prosthodontic Specialists.

“Dentists estimate that between 13 and 39 percent of dental injuries occur while playing sports. Store-bought mouthguards are inferior to custom made guards as they are not a custom fit for the user’s teeth,” Montella explains. “These store bought guards require players to keep their mouths clenched for maximum protection.”

The custom athletic mouth guards available at Advanced Prosthodontic Specialists are constructed using an exact duplication of an athlete’s mouth and are designed to stay in place effortlessly, allowing players to keep their attention where it belongs: on the game.

There are three steps to the fabrication of a custom made athletic mouth guard: full mouth impressions by a dentist, fabrication of the mouth guard on a model of the user's teeth and finally, adjustment for the user’s bite.

For more information on custom mouth guards for athletes, visit http://www.smilesbyaps.com/ and join our Facebook community at http://www.facebook.com/AnthonyJMontellaDDS to stay up to date with the latest news, offers and events.

Dr. Anthony Montella
Phone: (805) 494-3377

About Advanced Prosthodontic Specialists:

At Advanced Prosthodontic Specialists in Westlake Village, Dr. Anthony Montella and his team are committed to excellence in restorative, cosmetic, and implant dentistry by providing the most advanced means of correcting and enhancing each individual’s smile.

Our office was designed to make your treatment with us a comfortable experience while we restore your function and your smile.

As a member of several respected professional associations, and one of the very few ADA recognized prosthodontists in Southern California, Dr. Montella has completed advanced training in prosthodontics and has had extensive experience to provide the highest quality dental care, for beautiful, healthy smiles.

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