Protect Your Pearly Whites with Mouth Guards
Minimise and ward off injury with a dental mouth guard, a device which covers your teeth and gums. Often times, this is used to protect from bruising, abrasions and any form of trauma for people involved in contact sports. A mouth guard can also serve as a treatment for bruxism or TMJ. Call us today to have a mouth guard fitted (02) 9808 2588.
Over-the-counter bite mouth guards, while seemingly more practical, are only good for temporary use. Here at Putney Dental Care, we specialise in fully customised mouth guard. The advantage of having them tailor-made is that it provides the best level of comfort and protection against bruxism and TMJ.
In making these devices, we see to it that they are designed to meet the specific needs of every patient. The process begins with our dentist making an impression of your teeth. Afterwards, we mould the mouth guard over the model of your teeth using a high-grade material. For athletes, we offer a range of thickness to suit all sports, including school and high-impact professional levels. You can also personalise mouth guard based on your favourite colour or your team’s official colours. Aside from the large selection of colours, we also integrate identification tags into the mouth guard.
At our clinic, we believe in using materials of the finest quality. In fact, we only source supplies from local Sydney-based laboratories. Rest assured that all of our offerings comply to the highest of Australian standards and that all the materials used are approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). We do this to give you customer satisfaction as well as peace of mind.
Mouth Protection for People Who Play Sports
Aside from your teeth, you can also protect parts of your head and jaw from injury by wearing a dental mouth guard. The thing is, accidents from sports such as boxing, hockey, rugby and soccer account for a majority of dental injuries. For many sports in Australia, athletes are required to use mouth guards to be able to play.
As noted by the Australian Dental Association, mouth guard serve to:
- cushion teeth against impact
- prevent neck and jaw injuries
- protect against jaw joint and soft tissue injuries
- reduce concussion
Guards to Help with Nighttime Grinding
Teeth grinding or bruxism is actually classified as a sleep disorder. Why? Because it only happens when one is asleep. The thing is, most people are unaware of their condition as they are unconscious when they are doing it. It is only when other people hear the sounds they make and tell them when they wake up the next day that they are made aware.
Apart from your teeth, continuous grinding will eventually cause damage to your gums, jaw and facial muscles. With prolonged night grinding, you might notice symptoms that are associated with TMJ disorder, which is another thing entirely. With a night guard, you’ll have a device that acts as a protective barrier between the upper and lower teeth, preserving the enamel.
Difference Between Bruxism and TMJ Disorder
Whereas bruxism involves the acts of clenching the jaw or grinding teeth, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder covers restricted mandibular movement as well as clicking and popping sounds during jaw movement.
However, mouth guard is designed to treat TMJ disorders function differently. For one, they rigid acrylic materials are always used to make them. They also reposition the jaw and adjust the bite to alleviate discomfort.