At Beachmere Dental, we practice by the philosophy “prevention is better than cure”, and this extends to protecting your teeth with a custom-fitted mouthguard.

A custom-fitted mouthguard should always be worn for any contact sport.

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While more expensive than an “over the counter” mouthguard, a custom-fitted mouthguard will provide you with the protection you need against any knocks or bumps that can result in more costly treatment in the future.

Please see what the Australian Dental Association has to say about custom-fitted mouthguards at:
http://www.ada.org.au/app_cmslib/media/lib/0803/m122650_v1_what%20mouthguard.pdf

An occlusal splint (or “night guard”) is a removable appliance that is tailor-made to fit either your top or bottom teeth. It is worn during the night (while you sleep) to protect your teeth from nocturnal clenching or grinding.

Grinding or clenching can lead to wear and tear of your teeth, and in a large number of cases, cracked teeth. Cracked teeth can often lead to costly dental procedures such as root canal treatment and crowns or in severe cases, tooth removal.

An occlusal splint worn at night aims to decrease the amount of pressure placed on your teeth, and protects your teeth from long-term damage.

Common symptoms of night grinding or clenching may include:

  • Waking up with sore teeth
  • Having trouble chewing your breakfast due to sore muscles on the side of your face
  • Waking up tired
  • Waking up with headaches and neck stiffness