Whether it be due to stress or even some medications, many people grind their teeth while they’re asleep. Aside from possible noise complaints from your partner, frequently grinding your teeth can also cause other oral health issues. If this is the case for you, the team at Suncoastdental in Maroochydore can supply and fit you with custom splints to protect your teeth.
When you clench or grind your teeth at night, your jaw can produce up to 30 times the bite force of chewing. So, it’s no surprise that if you grind your teeth every night, it can cause long term damage to your teeth, resulting in cracks, chipped cusps on the back teeth, or worn down chipped front teeth. A splint can be fit over either the upper or lower teeth to absorb the impact of the grinding and help reduce enamel damage, jaw joint inflammation and gum irritation. If you struggle with sleep apnoea, we can also supply an anti-snoring appliance to help you get a good night sleep.
If you play any type of contact sport, especially with a high risk of contact to the face, wearing a mouthguard is highly recommended by the Australian Dental Association (ADA). At Suncoastdental, our dentists are able to supply a custom-fitted mouthguard to help prevent or reduce the severity of dental injuries as a result of a sport. Made from a flexible material designed to fit your mouth seamlessly and comfortably, a good mouthguard should have the correct thickness to offer protection, whilst not interfering with your ability to speak or breathe.
We customise each mouthguard to suit your unique needs, and you can choose from a variety of colours and patterns to match your uniform or team colour. Wearing a mouthguard can potentially save you from expensive dental treatment, concussion and even jaw injuries. When it comes to your teeth, you can never be too safe. Book a consultation with our team today to discuss your custom-fitted mouthguard.
To ensure the longevity of your mouthguard, proper maintenance is required. We recommend that you rinse your mouthguard with cold water or mouthwash prior to use each time. After use, you should thoroughly clean it with a toothbrush and toothpaste, removing any traces of bacteria and plaque from your teeth. Make sure to never use hot water when cleaning as it can cause damage to your mouthguard.
You should replace your mouthguard every two years as the pressure of your teeth can cause the material to break down over time. If there are any holes, cracks or discomfort while wearing your mouthguard, get in touch with your dentist for a replacement immediately.
At Suncoastdental, we offer a variety of payment options to assist our patients. We offer electronic HICAPS payments to help process health fund contributions on the spot for your convenience. So, if you want to compare the prices for splints or mouthguards on the Sunshine Coast, give us a call today to speak to a member of our team!