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Mouthguards and Occlusal Splints

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Introduction to Mouthguards and Occlusal Splints

At The Dental Cafe, we understand the importance of protecting your smile, whether you’re hitting the field or sleeping at night. That’s why we offer custom-made mouthguards and occlusal splints, designed to protect your teeth from damage caused by sports injuries or bruxism (teeth grinding). Our personalised solutions offer comfort, protection, and peace of mind, ensuring your teeth stay safe and your smile stays beautiful.

Why Choose Custom Solutions

Choosing a custom-fitted mouthguard or occlusal splint from The Dental Cafe means selecting the best protection for your teeth. Over-the-counter solutions cannot provide the same level of fit, comfort, or protection as a custom-made device. Our custom solutions are:

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Mouthguards for Sports

Whether you play contact sports like football and boxing or engage in activities where accidental impacts can occur, such as basketball or skateboarding, a custom mouthguard is essential. Our sports mouthguards are designed to:

Frequently Asked Questions

A mouthguard is a protective device specifically designed to absorb and distribute the force of impacts during sports, preventing dental injuries. An occlusal splint, also known as a night guard, is designed to protect the teeth from damage due to clenching or grinding (bruxism) and to alleviate the symptoms associated with Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD).

Custom-made mouthguards and splints are tailored to fit the unique contours of your mouth, providing superior comfort, protection, and effectiveness. Store-bought options are often one-size-fits-all or boil-and-bite models that can be less comfortable and less effective at protecting your teeth from damage.

The process typically involves an initial consultation and dental impression, followed by the fabrication of your custom device in a dental lab. The entire process usually takes about 1-2 weeks from your first appointment to the final fitting.

To care for your device, rinse it with cold water or mouthwash after each use, and let it dry completely before storing it in its protective case. Avoid hot water, as it can warp the material. Clean it regularly with mild soap and a soft brush. Check periodically for signs of wear and replace it as recommended by your dentist.

While occlusal splints are primarily designed to protect against teeth grinding and jaw issues, some types of dental devices can help with snoring and sleep apnoea by keeping the airway open during sleep. It’s important to consult with your dentist or a sleep specialist to determine the right type of device for your specific condition.

The lifespan of your mouthguard or splint depends on several factors, including the material it’s made from, how often you use it, and the degree of clenching or grinding. As a general guideline, it’s recommended to have your device checked by your dentist annually for signs of wear and to ensure it’s still providing optimal protection. Replacement may be necessary every 1-3 years or as advised by your dentist.

Occlusal Splints

Occlusal Splints for Bruxism

For patients experiencing bruxism, our custom occlusal splints offer a protective barrier between the upper and lower teeth, preventing:

By wearing a custom-fitted occlusal splint at night, you can significantly reduce the symptoms of bruxism and protect your oral health.

The Fitting Process

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Care and Maintenance

To extend the life of your mouthguard or occlusal splint, proper care is essential. We provide detailed instructions on cleaning, storing, and maintaining your device to keep it in optimal condition.

Schedule Your Consultation

Don’t let concerns about dental injuries or teeth grinding affect your health or disrupt your lifestyle. Contact The Dental Cafe today to schedule a consultation for a custom mouthguard or occlusal splint. Our team is here to provide you with the best protection tailored to your specific needs.

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