Sports Dentistry and Custom Mouthguards
We want to make sure that anyone involved in sport is aware of and has access to the best mouthguard possible to reduce and prevent the consequences of facial trauma during sport.
At Gentle Dental Hawthorn we will take impressions of your teeth which are sent to the laboratory to construct a custom mouthguard specific to your sport. It is made to fit your teeth perfectly so that it will be as protective and comfortable as possible and will still allow you to communicate effectively with team mates.
Ideally a mouthguard should be worn during any sport where there is a possibility of a knock to the face.
Children with baby teeth should also be wearing mouthguards as it is possible that trauma to baby teeth can affect the development of adult teeth underneath.
During adolescence when young adults are losing their baby teeth and their new adult teeth are coming through we recommend replacing their mouthguard more regularly to ensure the mouthguard is fitting correctly and protecting the teeth adequately. It is always a good idea to bring in your mouthguard before a sports season commences so we can check the fit of the mouthguard and organise new impressions if the fit is not ideal. We also recommend to have a new mouthguard made if you have braces as your previous mouthguard will no longer fit, however, it is extremely important to protect the teeth, lips and cheeks as any impact when a patient has braces can result in increased trauma to the tissues.
If your sports club has a group of teammates that are interested in mouthguards for an upcoming sports season please give us a call on (03) 98182994 (link) or send us an email on email@example.com and we can organise to take everyone’s impressions together.
Store-bought DIY mouthguards
Usually these are poorly fitting, uncomfortable, impede your ability to talk and breathe and may cause gum irritation as they do not fit well. Because of this, children are less likely to wear these ill-fitting mouthgaurds. Sporting authorities do not recommend these as they offer little protection to the teeth. Patients are encouraged to obtain custom-fitted mouthguards.
Please give us a call on (03) 9818 2994 to book your consultation appointment to construct your custom mouthguard today.
Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD)
The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are the two joints that connect the jawbone to the skull. It is unique in that it is a bilateral joint that functions as one unit. The joint moves up and down and side to side and allows you to chew, talk and yawn. The main components are the condyles (part of the jawbone, called the mandible), the articular surface of the temporal bone (part of the skull) and the articular disc which is positioned between the head of the condyle and the temporal bone.
TMD may be caused by:
- Grinding your teeth, which places increased pressure on the TMJ
- Trauma, including an injury to the jaw, TMJ or muscles
- Stress which may result in tightening of the muscles of the jaw and face causing patients to clench their teeth
TMD may result in:
- Pain or tenderness in your face, jaw joint, neck and ear when you chew, speak or open your mouth
- Clicking, popping, or grating sounds in the jaw joints
- Your jaw becoming stuck open or closed
- Appearance of swelling on the side of your face
One of the options we use to treat TMD is a night guard which you wear during your sleep. There are multiple different kinds of night guard that are used for different purposes.
If you are experiencing any or all of the above please call us on (03) 9818 2994 to book an appointment so we can discuss this with you further and create a solution together.
Sleep apnoea and snoring
Sleep apnoea is a sleep disorder where breathing starts and stops due to the throat and upper airway becoming partially or completely blocked during sleep.
Sleep anoea can result in:
- Feeling tired when you wake up
- Falling asleep during the day
- Poor concentration and attention
Depending on the severity of the sleep apnoea we may be able to construct a device that you wear during your sleep that helps to bring the lower jaw forward to create more space so that the airway is not blocked.
If you suffer from any of the above please give our clinic a call on (03) 9818 2994 so that we can discuss this with you further and solve the problem.