Many people ask us about long term protection of their teeth. One of the side effects of a busy lifestyle and stress of working, lead to a condition called nocturnal bruxism or “night grinding”. The pattern of grinding varies from individual to individual and can range from mild to severe. Some people have absolutely no symptoms whilst others can suffer from daily headaches, poor sleep and muscle stiffness in their face throughout the day. On examination we look for flat and worn teeth as well as signs of cracking and chipping in the back teeth.
If we see these signs, we may educate you about a night splint. There are many different types of these splints designed for different purposes. The aim of these splints is to limit muscle activity and decrease the stress on your jaw joint protecting your teeth for the long term and decreasing pain.
There are alternatives for night splints, as we know that some people cannot tolerate them. These range from rebuilding important teeth in your mouth to provide the same protection, to muscle relaxing injections given into the main muscles of the face.
Mouthguards are another important piece of equipment to protect your teeth for the long term. If you or your child is involved in contact sports, we have a range of custom mouthguards that we can fabricate. These mouthguards come in varying thickness
depending on the level of contact that is expected and can also be internally reinforced. Mouthguards that we fabricate have been balanced with your bite. This is incredibly important if the lower jaw is hit as the resulting force is evenly distributed.
Custom mouthguards provide protection not only for the teeth, but can help prevent the incidence of concussion. During consultation we will establish the type and thickness of the mouthguard required, customised to the level of activity that you perform in your chosen sport.
The most common cause of dental injuries comes from the pursuit of sport, leisure and recreational activities where impact can damage the jaws and teeth.
The degree of damage to the teeth, jaws and face can occasionally be devastating. It is a worthwhile investment to have a custom fit mouthguard fitted as it provides valuable protection for the future of your teeth due to their close fit, increased comfort and cushioning effect.We’d love to hear from you
‘Off the shelf’ mouthguards are generally large, bulky and loose fitting, providing inadequate protection. A custom fit mouthguard involves a custom fitting from one of our experienced dentists who specialise in custom sports mouth guards North Sydney. They will assess your mouth and provide the best fit, size, coverage and thickness specifically designed for your mouth to the type of activity you are involved in.
Whether you participate in hockey, rugby, soccer, boxing, cricket martial arts or are simply accident prone, your mouthguard will be custom designed to protect your teeth and jaws from potentially shocking trauma.
The benefits include an increased ability to breathe, communicate, and perform with confidence, greatly enhancing your sporting experience.
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