What are gum shields?

Gum shields or sports/mouth guards cover the whole surface of the teeth to provide cushioning, helping to prevent trauma caused by sports such as rugby, hockey, cricket and boxing. A specially made gum shield will be invaluable in protecting your teeth during sporting activities.

Often patients will attend dental surgeries with chips, fractures and often dislodged or even lost teeth, caused by sports injury or accidental damage. It is very important to protect your teeth from damage caused by sports injury. This is easily done by wearing a gum shield. A gum shield is a coated protective layer covering the teeth and gums providing support to knocks and blows to the face.

The guard is easily made by your dentist and dental laboratory, and is available in a variety of shades, patterns and designs in order to suit your team colours. You can design your sports guard with your dentist at the impression stage. The laboratory technician will then create your bespoke design and deliver it ready to be fitted at a subsequent appointment.

How is a gum shield made?

Your dentist will take an impression of your teeth which will then be sent away to the dental laboratory, where a specially made close fitting gum shield will be created.

The impression is taken by placing a mouth tray filled with the impression material over your upper teeth and gums, after a few moments the material sets firm and leaves us with an accurate impression of your teeth.

The dental impression is then sent away to your dental technician, where a cast is made and your gum shield is created to fit perfectly over it. The dentist will receive the new gum shield from the dental technician and ensure it is to the specifications asked for.  Your dentist will then fit the sports guard at your next dental appointment and ensure that it is comfortable and you are happy with it.

You should have a new sports guard made at the beginning of every sports season, and if you are young and have a mixed dentition ie. adult and deciduous (baby) teeth you will need your gum shield changing as your teeth change. Home kits are available but do not give an accurate fit and therefore do not support your teeth as well as professionally made guards.

Coronavirus:

We are committed to protecting our staff and patients, and have adapted our existing practices to make it Covid secure. There has been lots to do, from social distancing measures, to obtaining enhanced PPE, and adapting your patient journey experience. 

We’ve now re-opened our practices, giving priority to patients with dental emergencies such as pain, and swelling first, and are now pleased to offer more routine treatments and services. 

We are screening all patients for symptoms of Covid-19 prior to their visit, and are delighted to introduce our online patient portal, so you can access the forms we would routinely update in the comfort of your own home. This helps us reduce the number of patients in the practice and your time during face to face appointments.

Our telephone lines are particularly busy at present, so if your enquiry is not urgent, we encourage you to send us an email instead.

For advice and treatment outside of our normal working hours please phone The Lancashire Dental Helpline on 0300 1234 080.

We have provided some emergency care advice for our patients to help: https://idealdentalcare.co.uk/home/during-covid-19-period-dental-emergency-advice-for-patients/

For public information please use the link: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

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