Gum Shields / Sports Dentistry

Gum Shields/Sports Dentistry

Do you grind your teeth at night? This can cause a significant amount of damage to your previously healthy teeth. Adding to this, it causes a lot of stress to the muscles in your head, causing headaches and many other issues.

This is where gum shields come in. They are designed to offer protection for both your teeth and the gums, lips and cheeks that may also be at risk for harm.

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When is a Mouth Guard recommended?

Mouth guards are often suggested for athletes and active lifestyles, for those who wear braces and for those who are prone to grinding their teeth at night. Staying active and living life to the maximum is an important part of keeping yourself physically and mentally healthy. Whether you enjoy jogging with friends, playing football or even martial arts, it’s worth thinking about what you might be facing if you happen to fall victim to a blow directed to your mouth.

What is a Mouth Guard?

There are two primary types of mouth and gum guards.
-Mouth guards offer protection against teeth grinding. Teeth grinding or bruxism is when you grind your teeth when you are asleep. The reason behind the grinding can vary greatly, from a misaligned jaw, to high stress levels. The sleep guard will prevent damage to your teeth if you suffer from bruxism. This custom-fit guard is to be worn while the patient is asleep. It provides all-night protection to teeth that may otherwise start to show excessive wear and tear, along with cracks and decay as a result of the grinding.
-A sports mouth guard is a dental appliance that is flexible and comfortable when in place. It fits over the teeth and offers protection when the wearer is playing sports or otherwise engaging in activities that offer the potential for mouth and face injuries.
If you wear traditional fixed braces, then it’s essential that you have a sports mouth guard in place. Not only could a direct blow to the mouth or face cause abrasions and cuts on the soft tissues of your mouth, but it could lead to damage to the braces.

Why choose a Dental Protection?

Repairing teeth and replacing them can be very costly, so a sports mouth guard is a worthy investment.

What is the procedure for getting a mouth guard?

The procedure for getting athletic mouth guards is very similar to that of getting a sleep guard. The first step is to schedule a consultation with your dentist. This will allow you to have a frank discussion about your needs for protection. Your dentist will be able to recommend the right solutions to offer you complete protection.

You’ll learn that your dentist offers the skills and tools that are needed to ensure that you get the right fit and the best protection benefits from your mouthguard.

Whether you find yourself needing a mouth guard to protect your teeth when you’re on the go, or you need one to offer protection at night, you’ll find that your Colm Smith Dental professionals can offer you the right solution.
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What can a mouth guard protect against?

Those who are active and athletic are at an increased risk of serious injuries when they are enjoying their favourite pastimes. While getting struck on the face may not be hard enough to leave visible marks and bruises, but even a very light impact can result in some serious injuries inside of your mouth.
You may experience serious injuries to the gums, cheeks and lips. Teeth could be cracked or broken. Jaw fractures can also occur.

It’s important to remember fractures, chips and cracks to teeth can lead to decay in a short period of time. Even when you don’t notice that there is damage and you feel no pain, decay could be rapidly advancing. This could even lead to tooth loss.

What types of mouth guards are there?

Mouth guard kits are an option for those looking for an over-the-counter solution. They contain an impression material that will be used to get an impression of the teeth. This impression will then become your protective guard once it sets. While they do have their place, it is recommended that you discuss your options with your dentist.

A mouth guard that has been professionally made will offer you complete protection. During your appointment to the clinic, your dentist will make an impression of your teeth. The impression will be used by the laboratory to create your very own custom-fitting mouth guard.


Mouth Guards Explained

01. Is the protection of the tooth guard indispensable?
When properly fitted and worn correctly, a sports mouth guard will protect the whole mouth from injury when impacts are sustained. Those painful blows where the lower jaw is driven up into the upper jaw can lead to a world of damage without the mouth guard in place.
02. For which sports is it recommended to wear a mouth guard?
Rugby, Soccer, Gaelic Football, Hurling, Camogie are just a few of the sports which could end up causing a player to lose a tooth or teeth.

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Price List : Mouth Guards

Nightgaurd From €160.00
Gum shield €90.00
Essex retainers€150 per arch
Xs/soft t/brush€4.00ea
Bleaching kit
(includes 4 x gels)
Bleaching gels €25.00ea
Tufted t/brush€4.00ea
Interdental brushes€5.50ea

How much is a mouth guard?

At Forster Court Dental we provide to our patients the benefits of our experience and expertise. We provide a range of dental services and treatments, along with competitive prices to ensure quality dental care is accessible to all. Learn more about gum shields, the costs associated with them, and whether you are a good candidate for this dental appliance. Review our pricing chart below or place a call to one of our two clinic locations to find out more.
Are you looking to protect your teeth from damage sustained from an athletic injury? Do you grind your teeth at night? You can call our Galway clinic at 091562223 to arrange an appointment with our specialist.
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