Gum Shields Cork – Protect your Teeth from costly damage - Cork City Dentist (2022)

Trauma to the teeth and mouth can result in lacerations and bleeding to the gums. It can also fracture or dislodge teeth. Whether as the result of an accidental strike directly to the mouth or due to a knock on the chin crashing your teeth together, impacts to the mouth can result in a variety of injuries, one more serious than the next.

Living an active lifestyle is important: to keep your body healthy. Regardless of how you enjoy spending your time being active, it is worth considering the potential for injury to your mouth and damage to your teeth if you happen to sustain a blow to your face or mouth.

Gum shields typically cover your teeth when you are staying active. They act by cushioning the blow and spreading the force evenly. They are designed to offer protection against broken teeth and other damage to the soft tissues in your mouth.

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What is a mouthguard?

The mouth guard, also often referred to as gumshield, is a flexible dental appliance that offers protection to the teeth and soft mouth tissues when it is worn. The device is an important piece of athletic equipment for any person who participates in sports or activities that could involve body contact, falls or moving equipment.

There are typically three types of guards for the mouth.

Custom-made guards

Custom-made guards are designed to fit your mouth and your teeth. The impressions are taken in your dentist’s office and sent off to the laboratory to be made. These guards are the most comfortable and offer the best protection and fit. Their more accurate fit offers better speech and breathing also. They can be made in almost any colour.

Over-the-counter guards

Over-the-counter guards are most often found at sporting goods stores. They are typically purchased in a pre-formed shape that can be altered to get a more custom fit. They are usually the ‘boil and bite’ type and are the next best thing to custom fit. When children are growing very rapidly or are losing baby teeth very regularly these can be a good stopgap.

Stock mouth guards are pre-formed and ready to be worn right out of the box. They may be a faster solution, but the downside is that they typically don’t fit very well and offer the minimum protection. Also because of the poor fit, these are more often found in the football sock than in the mouth.

Those who wear traditional fixed braces need to have a sports mouth guard in place before participating in activities that could lead to a direct blow to the face. Not only could a direct blow to the face or mouth lead to injuries, but it could also result in damage to the braces. There are specific gumshields that have a groove in place for the brackets to fit into.

Teeth Grinding Device – Bruxism

Mouthguards that offer protection for teeth against nighttime grinding are different from the sports guards. These guards are designed to be worn when patients are sleeping. They provide all-night protection to teeth that can suffer from tenderness and fractures that are often seen as side-effects of the grinding. Excessive nighttime grinding is very common and can also lead to tooth sensitivity, limited mouth opening, sore muscles in the face, headaches and poor sleep. Are you avoiding harder foods? Are you constantly aware of your teeth? Do your jaw click, crunch or is it tender when chewing or opening wide?

These all may be signs you need a nightguard. Nightguard appliances not only stop your teeth rubbing off each other when you are asleep they also deprogramme your ligaments and muscles and help to break the habit.

Can a mouth-guard offer reliable protection?

Whether you wear traditional braces or not, individuals who lead an active lifestyle and participate in sports are at an increased risk of sustaining injuries when they are engaged in their favourite sports and activities. A strike or blow to the face may not result in external bruising or abrasions, but even light impact can lead to several serious internal oral injuries.

Cuts to the gums, cheeks and lips or tongue could be possible, along with broken and cracked teeth. It’s also possible to experience a jaw fracture, even from a mild to moderate blow to the face.

Damage to teeth, including chips, fractures and chips, can lead to nerve damage in the teeth and also begin a cycle of tooth restoration ending in costly porcelain crowns.

A sports mouthguard that is well-fitting and worn correctly will protect the whole mouth. The soft tissues will be protected, along with the teeth. Guards can help to minimise against the damage otherwise seen when the lower jaw is driven up and into the upper jaw.

What is the process for getting a mouthguard?

The first step to protecting your teeth with a mouth guard is to schedule a consultation with your dentist. During this appointment, you will be able to discuss your goals for protection. Working with your dentist, you’ll be able to select the right guard and protection solutions for your needs.

Over-the-counter pre-made guards can offer some protection. However, to get complete protection, a professionally made guard is worth the investment.

Whether you are looking to protect your mouth and teeth during the day when you’re active, or you are looking for nighttime protection, you’ll find that your dentist can offer you the solution that will best meet your needs.

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What is a mouthguard?

At Cork City Dentist we strive to provide our patients with a comfortable and professional service. We offer our patients a range of competitively priced dental services and treatments.

Learn more about gum shields, the costs you could expect to face, and whether you could benefit from this dental appliance. Review our pricing chart below. Then call our clinic or book your appointment online to come in for your consultation.

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TreatmentPrice
PRSI - Annual Examination (including oral cancer screening)FREE
PRSI - Scale and Polish€15
Examination (including oral cancer screening)€40
Scale and Polish€70
Prescriptions€30
Fissure Sealants€25
Hygienist visit€70
Periodontal therapy/treatment of gum disease per visit€80
Dental Splint/Nite guard - Light€150
Dental Splint/Nite guard - Heavy Duty€300
Small X-rays€10 each

Get your teeth the protection that they need, with a mouthguard. Whether you grind your teeth at night or take part in high-risk sports, we offer a solution to help protect your teeth. Book your consultation online or call 0214501306 to learn more about mouthguards online.

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