A custom sports guard is a piece of protective gear that protects the teeth, and jaw from impact and injury during sports activities. These sports guards cushion blows that could cause injury. They can reduce the rate of concussion as well as dental and jaw injuries. If the wearer is rendered unconscious, there is a risk that the sports guard may lodge in the throat potentially causing airway obstruction.
Custom sports guards are designed to address individual needs. Age, type of sports activity, level of competition, previous dental injury, orthodontics, erupting teeth, currently missing teeth are all important considerations that influence the design of the sports guard. A sports guard should be worn at all times during sports activities, including games as well as practice.