A mouth guard is a removable device made from a plastic based material that is designed to cover your teeth and gums. Bite and mouth guards are used for a variety of reasons within dentistry.
One of the most common reasons for making a mouth guard is for the prevention of any injury to teeth during contact based sports such as boxing, karate or rugby football. This is particularly important in younger children with a developing dentition. It is vitally important to protect young newly erupted teeth particularly in the anterior region of the mouth from any form of trauma which may cause damage to them and lead to the need for advanced and more complex treatment in later life. During teenage years where sport is played at school the mouth may be changing shape on a regular basis with teeth moving around as they develop and move into their more finally established positions. It is therefore vitally important to get a good custom-made mouth guard from your dentist rather than just buying a simple prefabricated one that is made and moulded using kettle boiling water.
At Langley Dental Practice when we make any custom made mouthguard we take an accurate impression of your teeth and gums and send that impression to our highly trained dental technicians who will make a mouthguard just for you. Our sports mouth guards come in a variety of designs; from very simple clear plastic to types with multicoloured patterns. Prices start at just £60.
Another reason for making mouth guards is during the process of teeth whitening. Please see our dedicated teeth whitening page for more information. Mouth guards are also sometimes used to help in the application of fluoride gels to the teeth in selected patients.
Another very common reason for construction of mouth guards is in helping the treatment of teeth grinding known as bruxism. The bruxism might be part of a wider problem known as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). A mouth guard is made usually for night time wear in order to stop any possible to grinding during sleep. It prevents any movement of the teeth because it stops contact. Also by creating a barrier between your upper and lower teeth it stops any possible damage which may be caused by the bruxism habit. Depending upon the type of your condition the mouth guard may be made of either a soft flexible plastic material or a more harder rigid acrylic based material. The construction of a mouth guard is just one aspect of the treatment of bruxism. Other ways to manage this condition include taking measures to try and reduce stress levels, reducing alcohol and smoking consumption and attending for regular dental checkups.
Here at Langley Dental Practice we will advise about the construction and need for mouth guards after a detailed dental examination is done and as part of an overall treatment plan.