Night Guards (Splints)
Splints and mouthguards are customized appliances designed to protect your teeth.
Splints are recommended for people that suffer from bruxism (grinding or clenching of teeth). Grinding your teeth can damage enamel, wear down teeth, also can cause jaw pain, muscle pain, tiredness of the jaw, headaches, sensitive teeth or irritate your gums. The noise from teeth grinding can also disturb your spouse’s sleep if loud enough.
Many patients have asked us about the importance of a night splint, a lot of people are grinding or clenching their teeth at night without knowing it. We are seeing more and more patients that are suffering from cracked teeth and toothaches as a result of not protecting their teeth at night and by this stage, we are unable to save the tooth or extensive and costly treatment is needed. When it comes to looking after your teeth, prevention is always the best option and will save you from going through pain. Please call us on 03 9840 2963 for more information.
What makes a mouthguard so important?
1. Sports-related dental injuries affect a lot of people.
Naturally, no one wants their child to be injured in any way while playing sports, but, unfortunately, dental injuries happen more frequently than you might think.
2. Mouthguards are effective in preventing dental injuries.
There are a few types of dental injuries. Teeth can become chipped, broken, loose, or lost altogether. Dealing with a dental trauma can be hard for anyone, especially kids. Your teeth affect how you smile, how you eat, and how you speak. Treatment for dental injuries can also be costly. A mouthguard helps by protecting your teeth and decreases risk of all of these types of injuries. In fact, studies have found that mouthguards are not just one way to prevent sports-related dental injuries, they are the most effective way.
3. Mouthguards are available for a range of prices.
One of the most effective and popular mouthguards is a custom-made mouthguard
A custom-made mouthguard is made just for you by your dentist. For many people, this option offers the best and most comfortable fit. When your dentist makes your mouthguard, s/he can also tailor it to the needs of the individual athlete and their sport. These are also the most expensive mouthguards, but are a worthwhile investment for active kids (and adults).
If your child needs a mouthguard for the sports season, just get in touch with us! We’re here to help.