A gum shield is a specially made, rubber-like cover which fits exactly over your teeth and gums, cushioning them and protecting them from damage.
It is important to wear a professionally made mouth guard, otherwise known as a gum shield whenever you play sport that involves physical contact or moving objects. This includes: GAA, hockey, soccer, cricket and football – which can cause broken and damaged teeth; and American football, boxing and rugby – which can all cause broken or dislocated jaws. A will help protect against these events.
Your dentist at Beechwood Dental will be happy to make you a custom-made gum shield, which will fit your mouth exactly and protect your teeth and gums properly. Custom-made mouth guards can prevent damage to the jaw, neck and even the brain – helping to prevent the concussion and damage caused by a heavy blow.
Our bespoke lab-made sports guard/gum shield/mouth guard cost €75 for a single colour.
When you consider the cost of expensive dental work and the risk of missing teeth, it is a small price to pay for peace of mind.
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Depending on your age, your gum shield may need replacing fairly regularly. If you are still growing, new teeth will come through and move into position. So the gum shield may become too tight or loose, and will need to be remade to fit the new shape of your mouth.
Adults may not need to have their gum shields replaced quite so often. But they are like any other form of sports equipment and will suffer from wear and tear. It is recommended that you take your gum shield along to the dentist when you go for your check-up, so it can be checked.
Gum shields are made by taking an accurate impression of your mouth and making the gum shields fit your own teeth. Your Beechwood Dental dentist will register the way your jaws bite together to make sure the gum shields meets properly with your teeth.
There are cheaper kits available. They involve heating the product in hot water and then putting it in your mouth until it sets. Unfortunately, these gum shields can fit badly and be uncomfortable to wear. They can fall out or even cause choking. Also the material is at its thinnest where it is needed most.
There are many types of gum shield including striped, multi-coloured and clear. Many people now have coloured gum shields made in their favourite team’s colours or to match their own sports strip. Your Beechwood Dental dentist will be able to tell you whether they can provide coloured gum shields.
Firstly, if you can find the tooth and it is clean – put it back into the socket yourself.
• Do put it straight into a cup of milk or keep it in your mouth
• Do go to a dentist or hospital as soon as possible
• Do take painkillers if necessary
• Don’t hold the tooth by the root, as teeth are surrounded by fragile ligaments which need to be kept intact if the tooth is to be replaced
• Don’t clean the tooth with disinfectant or water or let it dry out
• Don’t put aspirin or clove oil on the wound
• Don’t panic
The sooner the tooth is replaced, the better the chance of success. If you have not managed to do it yourself, the dentist will put the tooth back. They may use a dental splint to fasten the tooth against the teeth on either side. In most cases this is successful, and once the splint is removed the tooth is stable. However, you will almost certainly need more treatment in the future.