The use of properly fabricated custom made mouthguards has been shown to
significantly reduce both the incidence and severity of orofacial injury in
contact sports. In the course, an evidence based review of athletic
mouthguards (facts and fiction), including the utilization and fabrication of
pressure thermoformed laminated mouthguards, the description of the different
types of mouthguard designs, and the marketing and promotion of injury
prevention programs for your private practice or community will be discussed.
Participants will experience the difference between vacuum made and pressure
made mouthguards and shown the technique for pressure lamination, which provides
the best combination of comfort and protection.
- Understand of the modern dental literature in all forms of athletic
mouthguards, from over the counter to pressure thermoformed.
- Review what is available in over the counter store bought mouthguards
and be able to educate your patients on their shortcomings as compared to the
preferred custom made pressure laminated mouthguards.
- Be informed on the differences between vacuum made mouthguards and
pressure laminated mouthguards with respect to their diagnosis, design and
- Describe indications and techniques for appliances made with the
thermoforming pressure technique.