Mouthguards are used to protect your teeth from injury during sports.
Mouthguards are very important during any form of contact sport to avoid the risk of damaging your teeth, mouth, lips and soft tissues from either being fractured or being knocked out. It can also keep you from damaging the nerve of your tooth.
While cheaper mouthguards are available from pharmacies, they usually fit poorly, are uncomfortable to wear, and don’t last very long.
At Aperture Dental, we can construct a custom fitted mouthguard by taking a mould of your teeth. A custom guard is a great investment to prevent costly dental repair work later on. Don’t forget to ask us about the range of colours available.
Who should wear mouthguards?
Mouthguards can be worn by children and adults who engage in sporting activities that could cause injury and trauma to their teeth, mouth and gums, or who grind their teeth while sleeping at night.
How to care for your mouthguard
- Before and after using your mouth guard, make sure you rinse it out with cold water thoroughly.
- Use a mouth wash to get rid of all the bacteria and saliva on it.
- Then use your toothpaste and tooth brush to clean it out properly, ridding it of most of the bacteria.
- If you are not using your mouthguard, then place it in a clean and firm container with little holes. This will help with air circulation and will protect the mouth guard from becoming damaged.
- Avoid leaving your mouth guard where it can be exposed to heat or high temperatures. This will affect the shape of it and it will need replacing.
- Bring your mouth guard with you for your dental visits for examining.
Splints for teeth grinding
Bruxism, or teeth grinding, is a common condition that can have devastating impacts on the health of teeth and the mouth. Bruxism most commonly occurs at night, while we are sleeping. It is often result of stress or anxiety and because it occurs unconsciously it is difficult to treat.
Grinding places enormous pressure and stress on the teeth as well as the muscles and bones that make up your face and jaw. Sufferers often report aching jaws, headaches and even temporomandibular disorders (TMD). If left untreated teeth can be chipped, loosened and even fractured.
Splint treatment for teeth grinding
A splint for teeth grinding works like a guard between your teeth. It is removable and we mould it to your teeth to ensure it is a comfortable fit. The splint absorbs the pressure created by the grinding and gives your teeth and the bones and muscles in your jaw a well needed rest.
The procedure is very straightforward and it only takes two visits. During the first visit, we will use a paste to create a mould for your teeth; this mould will be sent off so a dental technician can create the splint. During your second visit, the mould will be fitted and checked. If it’s a good fit, all you have to do is wear the splint every night and you’ll go a long way to saving your teeth and preventing all those aches and pains.
In severe cases of bruxism, you may need to be referred to a neuromuscular surgeon so they can relax the jaw muscles and allow them to function normally.
Why do I need splint treatment?
If you suffer from bruxism you need a splint to prevent:
- Chipping, wearing and eventual fracture and loss of your teeth and the overall functionality of your mouth. Patients who suffer from bruxism often find everyday activities like chewing painful; the splints take the pressure of your teeth which makes eating far easier.
- Problems such as jaw pain, headaches, tenderness, muscle tightness and TMD that can have debilitating effects on your day to day life. Getting a splint is an incredibly effective way of addressing and preventing this pain and helping you to enjoy life more.
The need to engage in expensive dental and surgical treatments that often needed in cases of severe and prolonged bruxism. For example, wearing a splint/mouth guard at night will prevent your teeth from wearing down which can save you from having to get expensive treatments such as crowns, bridges and even dental implants in the case of tooth loss.
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Need more information on mouth guards and splints? Contact our team of dental professional at Aperture Dental Practice for more information.