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Discover why mouthguards are vital when playing sports

Sports injuries are one of the most common ways to incur a dental emergency. Sports guards or mouthguards are devices that go over the teeth to protect them in case of injury to the head. If you or your child participates in any body contact or aggressive sports, it’s important to include mouthguards as part of protective athletic equipment. At Kingsgate Dental in Kirkland, Washington, we want to ensure that everyone is protected from dental injury but understand that sometimes accidents happen. In addition to advocating about mouthguards, Dr. Ann Kelley and her team offer emergency and restorative treatment in the event of a sports injury. 

Importance of Mouthguards in Sports at Kirkland WA Area

How do mouthguards protect you?

Mouthguards protect against broken teeth, broken appliances or braces, cut lips, and any other damage that can occur during sports. 

Types of mouthguards

When choosing a mouthguard, it’s important that it is comfortable, durable, and tear-resistant. Mouthguards should protect the teeth and gums, but they should not restrict your ability to breathe or speak. There are three main types of sports mouthguards:

  1. Custom mouthguards – These custom-fitting mouthguards are made from impressions of the teeth in a dental lab. Custom mouthguards offer the best protection and fit of all three types of guards and are made to last.
  2. Boil and Bite mouthguards – These types of mouthguards are molded into a more custom fit by boiling them and then biting into the plastic while it’s still warm. 
  3. Stock mouthguards – These are often the least expensive option but also the most uncomfortable. Stock guards are usually bulky and difficult to wear. 


Sports Dentistry services

If a sports injury does occur, we offer services such as emergency care, missing tooth replacement, bonding, and more to restore the tooth. If a tooth has been knocked out, it’s imperative to get to the dentist as soon as possible to try and save the tooth. If possible, it should be either placed back in the socket or brought in a glass of milk. 

For more information on sports dentistry or in case of an emergency, call Kingsgate Dental in Kirkland, WA at (425) 385-0080 today.

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Dr. Ann Kelley is a graduate of the Creighton University School of Dentistry in Omaha, Nebraska. She highly values the comfort of her patients, and places the needs of the patient above her convenience. Her dental clinic is built to bring the best and most comfortable dental experience to all her patients. She builds relationships with her patients based on trust and always acts to safeguard this trust.

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 - 5 Star Rating Review I have gone to Kingsgate Dental for about two years now, and every experience has been excellent. Dr. Kelley is very knowledgeable and very thorough with her analysis of the issues that I have faced with my teeth. The staff is polite and always happy to answer any questions that I have and give me pointers to improve my dental hygiene. I will continue to go to Kingsgate Dental/Dr Kelley for years to come.
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 - 5 Star Rating Review By Kathy W Dr. Kelley and her staff are a treasure. State of the art equipment, As a past Dental Administrator for a very large practice in Lynnwood, am soo happy to know that Dr. Kelley, her hygenists who have been there for over 20 years, are bar none the most indepth and through a cleaning as you would ever find. I have never felt more then a slight prick when getting novocaine. Between numbing the gum and gentle procedure they also offer nitroux, for us real scaredy cats. Music, neck pillows and blankets all make the experience truly enjoyable. I had gone too many years neglecting my teeth and found through Tammy, my hygenist and Dr. Kelley they were able to put together a plan to save the teeth they could and design partials for the ones I could not afford to save. I am a small business owner with no insurance and yet they came up with a plan that I am so happy with. I am without any infection, so much healthier and the partials Dr. Kelley designed are like a second skin. From Jackie and MaryAnn at the front desk to the assistants, hygenists and Dr. Kelley you will be in professional and caring hands. I recommend to all my family and friends.
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 - 5 Star Rating Review By dixy i Great experience. Dr. Kelley and her staff made me feel less anxious about the whole thing. Great job on the crown too! I've already recommended two friends! If I was staying in the Seattle area I'd definitely return.
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