At Tooth Dental, we believe that prevention is better than cure. We recommend that a custom fitted mouthguard should be worn whenever you are playing a contact sport. Mouthguards have been shown to reduce trauma to the teeth, jaw bones, jaw joints and soft tissues, as well as reducing the likelihood of concussion.
To have a custom fitted mouthguard made, an impression is taken of your teeth. The mouthguard is then moulded to the cast of your mouth for an accurate fit. It is recommended that growing kids get a new mouthguard every 12 months, or sooner if the old one no longer fits comfortably.
If you have private health insurance with Dental extras, you should receive a benefit for a mouthguard.
An occlusal splint is small custom made appliance worn over your top or bottom teeth at night to prevent wear from night grinding. Grinding at night (also known as bruxism) is a very common condition, where you clench or grind your teeth during your sleep. Often times, people are completely unaware that they grind their teeth. The symptoms of grinding include waking up with tired jaws or tender teeth where it may be uncomfortable to eat breakfast, regular headaches, poor sleeping where you wake often.
If you would like to discuss mouthguards or occlusal splints further, please contact our friendly staff on (07) 3366 1737.