Custom made Gum Shields for Sports and Boxing

Custom made gumshields for rugby players

What is a gum shield or mouthguard?

A gum shield, also known as a mouthguard is a custom made, flexible rubber-like appliance  which covers and fits exactly over your teeth and gums, cushioning them and protecting them from damage.

Custom-made gum shields at Larkham House

Custom-made gum shields offer the best form of protection to your teeth and gums. Your Larkham dentist will take an impression of you teeth which will be used to makes your gum shield and will note the way your jaws bite together to ensure the mouthguard meets properly with your teeth. A custom-made gum shield offers the best protection , fit and comfort level because it is made from a cast to specifically fit your teeth. We are also trusted to make specialised gum shields for those requiring an addition level of protection and strength for high impact sports such as boxing, where we were proud to have sponsored boxer Courtney Richards and supply him with is professional gum shield.

The cost of a gum shield varies, depending on the complexity of design and colour desired. Prices start from £80. When you consider the cost of expensive dental work and the risk of losing teeth, it is a small price to pay for peace of mind. We use the market leader OPRO to create our mouthguards.

Why should I wear a a gum shield or mouthguard?

A gum shield can prevent serious injuries such as broken teeth, jaw fractures and neck injuries by helping to avoid situations where the lower jaw gets slammed against the upper jaw. Gum shields are effective in moving soft tissue in the oral cavity away from the teeth, preventing laceration and bruising of the lips and cheeks, especially for those wearing orthodontic appliances.

Custom made gum shields for skateboarders

When should I wear a gum shield or mouthguard?

It is important to wear a professionally made gum shield where there is a high likelihood of contact with other participants or hard surfaces.  Players who participate in cricket, hockey and football, american football, boxing and rugby, as well as recreational sports such as skateboarding, should all wear gum shields  while competing.

Why would you not recommend a gum shield home kit?

There are cheaper kits available, the more common type is a thermoplastic, or “boil-and-bite,” gum shield. It involves heating the product in hot water and then putting it in your mouth until it sets. Unfortunately, these mouthguards are the thinnest where there are needed most, can fit badly and can be uncomfortable to wear. There is also a risk that they may fall out or even cause choking.

Custom made gum shields for footballers

How long do custom-made mouthguards last?

Depending on your age, your mouthguard may need replacing fairly regularly. If you are still growing, new teeth will come through and move into position. So the mouthguard 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 mouthguards replaced quite so often. But, like any other form of sports equipment, they will suffer from wear and tear. It is recommended that you take your mouthguard along to the dentist when you go for your check-up, so it can be checked to ensure they still give you the highest level of protection.

What do our patients say about treatment at Larkham House?

Friendly and welcoming

Just wanted to say how impressed I was with the manner of the dentist I saw this morning with our kids. She explained everything she was doing and showed the kids the tools, the practice was friendly and welcoming.

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Delighted by the service

I attended this morning and was delighted by the service I received. Dr. Matthew Sadd was both clear, concise and very helpful and I wanted to put my gratitude in writing.


Very friendly and supportive staff

Very friendly and supportive staff – they always think of patients needs and treat all patients as individuals, not the same.


Extremely Caring

Extremely caring, I have been made to feel at ease.

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Happy Implant Patient

I had a tooth taken out and an implant done to replace the gap. I would 100% say to go for it, the whole experience, start to finish has been amazing, and all the questions asked were answered and more. I’m a nervous patient, but everyone made me feel so much better and my implant… Read more “Happy Implant Patient”

Implant patient

Professional Treatment

Dentist Dr Vivek Giddani makes you feel at ease – had confidence in his ability to make the procedure as pleasant as possible and not have any adverse outcomes.

Implant Patient

A very professional and welcoming team.

A very professional and welcoming team. Clinic very modern and equipped with the latest technology. Would highly recommend a visit.

Amanda H.

Fabulous dentist

As a very very nervous patient and I haven’t visited a dentist for a long time, I took myself and my son here. Fabulous dentist who kept me very calm thank you

Claire F.

Warm welcome

Warm welcome. Friendly professional team. I am nervous of the dentist but was made to feel at ease immediately. Thank you.

Diane B.

Lovely practice

Lovely practice, never run late and never rushed by dentist, feel like the checkup we have is always thorough and honest.

Lyndsey W.

Would recommend this practice to anyone

My families teeth are in safe hands! Would recommend this practice to anyone

Joanna C.

Excellent service

Excellent service , they really care about you as a person and your family well being.

Abigail R. S.

Excellent service

Excellent service and jolly good hygienists too!

Debbie C.

Excellent practice

Excellent practice. Hygienist brilliant!

Donna E.
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