Teeth grinding, mouthguards and NHS charges

jawa689jawa689 Forumite
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The NHS charge for a mouthguard - which I apparently need -is above two hundreds pounds. Is it worth it? Do they last? I’ve tried amazon ones and they haven’t helped. Thanks for any help.

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  • ToothsmithToothsmith Forumite
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    Mouthguards are something that should be made specifically for you. The online 'boil to fit' type are useless at best, and could potentially make jaw problems worse.
    Ask your dentist what type you need. Some of the simpler types can be made more cheaply privately rather than for the Band 3 NHS charge.If it is one of the more complex ones you need, then they can be quite dear to make, and the £200 odd NHS charge would still be good value. Unless this dentist is quite a specialist at jaw problems, though - which is unlikely on the NHS - the usual thing is to start off with simpler ones.
    How to find a dentist.
    1. Get recommendations from friends/family/neighbours/etc.
    2. Once you have a short-list, VISIT the practices - dont just phone. Go on the pretext of getting a Practice Leaflet.
    3. Assess the helpfulness of the staff and the level of the facilities.
    4. Only book initial appointment when you find a place you are happy with.
  •  I got mine free by being referred to the dental hospital, we have one close by. They did it free, it's lasted about 3 years and I need to make an appointment to be referred back to get a new one. 
     Does reduce jaw ache and headache. 
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