As part of our commitment to preventive dentistry at Randwick Dental Care, our dentists offer a number of oral appliances to protect teeth and address sleep-disordered breathing. Oral appliances often provide a simple solution to a complex problem that can have a negative impact on the smile or quality of life.
Nightguards for Bruxism
The jaw muscles are among the strongest in the body and exert enormous pressure unconsciously when people grind their teeth. Teeth grinding, also called bruxism, can damage your natural teeth, fillings and jaw joints when left untreated. Patients may not even be aware that they grind their teeth since it most often occurs at night during sleep.
Our dentists are trained to look for the characteristic signs of teeth grinding that alert us to the condition so we can take proper action to protect the smile and oral health of our patients.
- Bite marks along the inside of the mouth
- Bony growths beneath the tongue (tori)
- Uneven or premature wear
- Cracked or fractured teeth and restorations
Other more subtle signs include teeth sensitivity and headaches upon waking. We create custom nightguards in our Randwick dental practice for improved health and to protect the smile. Since they are custom-designed, they stay in place during sleep and feel more comfortable for natural breathing.
Sport and adventure enhance the enjoyment that life offers. Many activities, however, put the teeth and gums at risk. Stray balls, pucks, bats and sticks can come into contact with teeth and cause lifelong damage that requires extensive dentistry, and possibly surgery, to repair.
Wearing a custom athletic mouthguard can reduce the risk of injury and save smiles from disaster. We design athletic mouthguards for adults and children who want to participate in physical activities without leaving their smiles vulnerable.
Anti-Snoring Appliance Therapy
Loud snoring can disrupt sleep for the entire family and even force partners into separate bedrooms, having a negative impact on intimacy. Snoring appliances gently reposition tissue and throat anatomy to allow for the free flow of air by guiding the lower jaw into a forward position. Snoring appliances quiet breathing and improve restorative sleep for both the wearer and their partner.
Creating Custom Oral Appliances
One of the many reasons that oral appliance therapy is well-received is that they are non-invasive for the patient. We first take moulds of teeth and provide the dental laboratory with specific instructions to ensure excellent fit and function.
Patients will receive a fitting in our dental clinic, and we will make any small adjustments necessary. Oral appliances require daily cleaning to remove bacteria and avoid foul odours. We encourage you to bring your oral appliance to each dental visit, so we can look it over for damage or wear.
Interested in Learning More?
If you think you may benefit from a nightguard, mouthguard, or snore guard, contact Randwick Dental Care to arrange a consultation with Dr Darren Scott, Dr Alexander Zogheb, Dr Cristina Lawrence, Dr Sean Dersch or Dr Brendan Scott today. We are happy to help.