Gum Shields for Sports
Gum-shields (mouth guards) can be worn to prevent injury or trauma, for example during full contact or ball sports such as football, rugby, cricket or hockey. Custom-made to fit snugly and comfortably over your upper and/or lower teeth, gum shields absorb impact and can prevent a range of sport-related injuries including:
- Broken teeth
- Avulsed (knocked out) teeth
- Jaw dislocation or fractures
- Damage to the neck
- Split lips
Gum shields can be made for children or adults and we encourage all of our patients who plan to play full-contact sports or ball sports to consider investing in this essential piece of protective kit.
Gum Shields for Tooth Grinding
Many people grind their teeth without even realising that they are doing so. It is common for people to grind their teeth in their sleep or at times of stress; the jaw is clenched causing great pressure to be applied to the upper and lower teeth.
Teeth grinding (‘bruxism’) can strain your jawbone and joints (leading to jaw pain and headaches), and damage your teeth. Gum shields worn at night can prevent these problems but it is important that such gum shields fit properly so that they do not become dislodged in your sleep (becoming a choking hazard) and do not disturb your sleep by moving around.
Gum Shields at Dee Kay Dental
We encourage all patients who play sports where there is a risk of injury to the mouth, or who grind their teeth, to invest in a custom-made gum shield from our Gainsborough or Sheffield practices.
Unlike off-the-shelf gum shields, our gum shields are hand-crafted to fit your teeth perfectly. They are durable, comfortable and made from safe materials of the highest quality. Impressions are taken of your teeth and mouth and used to craft a personalised gum shield that will last for a long time (though children and adolescents may need to have theirs replaced more frequently as their jaw and teeth develop over time).
How Much do Gum Shields Cost?
At Dee Kay Dental in Gainsborough or Sheffield, gum shields cost from just £85, which is highly cost effective when considered in the context of the cost of repairing broken or damaged teeth – and a very reasonable price to pay to avoid injury in the first place.
Get in Touch
If you or your child grind your teeth, or play contact or ball sports, call us or complete our Smile Evaluation form and one of our helpful, friendly team will arrange a convenient consultation for you and answer any questions you might have about our gum shields.