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Protecting Your Smile: The Benefits of Mouthguards and Splints

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Whether you’re an athlete on the field or someone who grinds their teeth at night, protecting your smile is crucial for maintaining your overall dental health. In Australia, sports-related injuries and bruxism (teeth grinding) are common issues that can lead to significant dental damage. That’s where mouthguards and splints come into play. At Pinewood Dental Group, we emphasise the importance of these protective devices in safeguarding your teeth. Let’s delve into the benefits of mouthguards and splints, how they’re made, and why they’re an essential part of your dental care regimen.

The Importance of Mouthguards in Sports
The Australian Dental Association strongly advocates for the use of mouthguards in any sport or activity that could result in a blow to the face or mouth. Dental injuries in sports can include chipped, broken, or lost teeth; soft tissue injuries; and even jaw fractures. These injuries can be painful, costly, and sometimes permanent.

Benefits of Wearing a Mouthguard:

  • Injury Prevention: Mouthguards help cushion a blow to the face, minimising the risk of broken teeth and injuries to your lips, tongue, face, or jaw.
  • Cost-Effective: Investing in a well-made mouthguard can save you from the expenses associated with dental injuries.
  • Comfort and Fit: Custom-made mouthguards from your dentist provide a comfortable fit and allow you to speak and breathe easily.


The Role of Splints in Managing Teeth Grinding
Bruxism, or teeth grinding, is a condition many Australians deal with, often unknowingly. It can occur during the day or at night and lead to tooth damage, jaw disorders, and chronic pain. A dental splint, also known as a night guard, can be an effective solution to prevent the adverse effects of grinding.

Benefits of Using a Dental Splint:

  • Protected Teeth: Splints provide a barrier between your upper and lower teeth, preventing wear and damage from grinding.
  • Reduces Jaw Pain and Headaches: By alleviating the pressure on your jaw, a splint can reduce associated pain and discomfort, leading to a better quality of life.
  • Improves Sleep Patterns: A well-fitted splint can improve sleep quality for those who grind their teeth at night.


How Mouthguards and Splints Are Made

At Pinewood Dental Group, we believe that custom-made mouthguards and splints offer the best protection and comfort. Here’s how they are made:

  • Impression Taking: Your dentist will take an impression of your teeth, which will serve as a mould for creating the mouth guard or splint.
  • Custom Fabrication: The mould is sent to a dental lab where your mouth guard or splint is crafted to fit your mouth precisely.
  • Fitting and Adjustment: Once made, you’ll have a fitting appointment to ensure the device fits correctly and comfortably. Adjustments can be made as necessary.

     

Protecting your smile is an investment in your health, confidence, and well-being. Whether you’re an active participant in sports or someone who grinds their teeth at night, mouthguards and splints are essential tools in your dental protection arsenal.

At Pinewood Dental Group, we are dedicated to providing personalised, high-quality dental care in Mt Waverley. We encourage you to consider the benefits of mouthguards and splints and to consult with us on the best options for your dental health. Don’t wait until you’ve experienced a dental injury; take proactive steps to protect your smile today.

For more information on custom-made mouthguards and splints, or to schedule an appointment, contact Pinewood Dental Group. Let us help you maintain a healthy, protected smile for years to come! Call now on (03) 9802 6645.

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