Mouth Guard in Hampstead, London

A mouth guard is a custom-made, rubber-like cover which fits exactly over your teeth and gums. It cushions them to protecting them from damage.

If you or your child play a sport that involves physical contact or moving objects, like cricket, hockey, football, boxing or rugby it is vital to wear a mouth guard.

A custom-made mouth guard protects your teeth from injury and reduces the risk of dislocating the jaw.

Another use for a mouth guard is at night, commonly known as a night guard. If you frequently wake up with a sore jaw, dull headache or tooth pain, you may grind your teeth at night. This is a condition known as Bruxism. Bruxism is a common condition and affects around 10% of adults.

Grinding at night can cause teeth to break, crack and become sensitive. It can cause you pain, and prematurely yellow your teeth or cause your gums to recede.

There are several ways to alleviate the effects of Bruxism. One of the most common is a night guard. This is an appliance typically worn while sleeping through the night.

Although you can buy night guards at the pharmacy, these will not be custom-made and may not benefit your teeth and gums. At Heath Street Dental we strongly recommend that you speak to your dentist if you think you have Bruxism. A mouth guard made by your dentist will be of a higher quality and a superior fit. This is because the mouth guard is made in a special laboratory from an impression of your mouth carefully taken by your dentist. As a result it will also be more comfortable to wear that a mouth guard bought over the counter. Furthermore, your dentist needs to examine you to ensure you do not have more serious underlying causes of Bruxism, such as sleep apnea.

During your examination, your dentist will check if you have misaligned teeth. Misalignment, also known as malocclusion, can contribute to teeth grinding. This can be remedied by orthodontic treatment where necessary.

Teeth grinding at night is often caused by stress and anxiety. Your dentist can help you discuss ways to relax and stop clenching your jaw. Your dentist might also recommend avoiding stimulants, such as caffeine, to reduce teeth grinding. Certain medications, such as antidepressants, might also contribute to the issue, so make sure you tell your dentist about any medications you are taking so he can suggest an alternative if one is warranted.

At Heath Street Dental, a mouth guard costs from £150. We can have your bespoke mouth guard ready for you in two appointments. During the first session, your dentist will take an impression of your teeth. One week later, you can pick up your new mouth guard and test the fit with your dentist.

Need a mouth guard? Contact us to book an appointment.

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