Oral Appliances

We can provide our patients with a range of oral appliances:

Dentures

At our practice, we offer oral appliances such as dentures as an option for patients who have lost natural teeth. More comfortable and natural-looking than ever, today’s dentures can give you back the confidence to smile, eat, and speak as before. Your comfort is our priority, and we’ll take the time to make sure that your new set of teeth feels right, look good, and work well.

Dentures are removable false teeth that may replace some or all missing teeth. Please ask our dentists about Vitalium dentures, which are lighter and more durable than ever before.

You can choose either full or partial dentures, depending on how many teeth need to be replaced.

Why would I choose them?

If they are not replaced, missing teeth can change the shape of your face, making you look older than you really are. However, with the support given by your new set of teeth, you will retain a more youthful appearance and be able to enjoy your food and speak with as much ease as when you had your natural teeth. As a result, your confidence may improve and your ability to enjoy the company of others may increase too.

Are dentures for me?

More natural-looking and more comfortable than ever, today’s false teeth are a great solution for patients who do not suit implants or a bridge to replace lost teeth, for whatever reason.

If most or all of your teeth are missing, a full denture may be for you. On the other hand, we may recommend a partial denture for those who still have some natural teeth remaining.

This can be a great option at any age, and there are not the same kind of limitations with health and bone density that some patients may experience with other solutions such as implants.

Dentures are also one of the more cost-effective solutions for replacing missing teeth. If you have health insurance, your provider may help you with the cost of dentures, so don’t forget to check first.

Occlusal splints

Milled occlusal splints are used to protect teeth from being worn down due to teeth grinding during sleep. At our practice, we offer oral appliances such as Occlusal Splints. You may also have heard the terms “nightguard”, “bite plate” or “Talon Splint”.

There is a good chance that someone you know wears one of these high-quality plastic appliances. Occlusal splints come in many different designs and are prescribed by your dentist for different but very specific reasons.

Reasons you may need an occlusal splint or night guard:

  • Teeth grinding or “bruxism”
  • Excessive jaw clenching
  • To protect existing teeth or a new dental restoration
  • To correct your bite if you have a problem with your jaw joints (structural TMJ disorders)

Do you grind your teeth at night?

Bruxism, or teeth grinding, is a common condition that affects both adults and children. It occurs when a person grinds or clenches their teeth, usually while they’re sleeping. In many cases, the person does not even know that they are grinding their teeth. Typically, it is the person’s parent or partner that hears the grinding while they sleep. It is important to treat bruxism as quickly as possible because it can damage teeth and diminish the chances of a good night’s sleep.

Symptoms of teeth grinding

Although you are not likely to hear the actual grinding of your teeth, there are several other symptoms that you may notice, including:

  • Morning headaches
  • Earaches
  • Sore jaw muscles

Due to unusual wear and tear on your teeth, your dentist also may be able to detect bruxism during a full examination. Enquire now for more information.

Why teeth grinding should be treated

If not dealt with properly, teeth grinding can loosen or crack your teeth and, in rare cases, teeth can be lost. Untreated, this condition can also cause damage to your temporomandibular joints in your jaw.

Dental treatments for teeth grinding

If you think or know that you are grinding your teeth, your first step should be to see your dentist. The dentist will evaluate your teeth and look for wear and tear that is often caused by bruxism.

Your dentist is likely to recommend that you wear a night guard while sleeping. This night guard is a plastic device worn over your teeth while you sleep. It is custom-made by your dentist to fit the specific contours of your mouth so that it is as comfortable as possible to wear.

Stress can sometimes trigger teeth grinding. Reducing your stress level close to bedtime can be helpful. Relaxation techniques to reduce the intensity of teeth grinding include:

  • Listening to music
  • Reading a book
  • Taking a warm bath
  • Meditating

If your dentist identifies significant damage to your teeth caused by grinding, you may require some form of cosmetic surgery to restore your teeth to their original condition.

Mouthguards

Mouthguards are a clear or colored plastic device that fits over your teeth to protect them from any type of impact. If you or your child plays sport, a mouthguard may be a compulsory requirement before stepping up to play. If a mouthpiece is not compulsory, you should still consider whether the use of one would be in the best interests of you and your family’s health and safety. We see too many broken and missing teeth from sports that are not considered to involve contacts, such as tennis or soccer, and we would rather help you protect your teeth than go through the pain and expense associated with a tooth that has been knocked out.

Who needs a mouthguard?

Mouthguards as oral appliances are typically required when playing contact sports such as football, hockey, soccer, basketball, boxing, and lacrosse. However, experts are now suggesting that mouthguards be worn even by athletes playing non-contact sports such as tennis and gymnastics.

This is because playing sports puts you at a higher risk of damaging your teeth. Whether another player hits you, you fall, or a ball or piece of equipment hits you in the face, just one small accident can cause major tooth damage or even knock out one or more teeth. Using a mouthguard can prevent these types of injuries.

Types of mouthguards

There are several types of mouthguards available on the market today, including:

  • Boil-and-bite
  • Ready-made
  • Custom-made

Boil-and-bite mouthguards are the cheapest style available. They can be found in chemists or sporting goods stores and they only take a few minutes to form. The ready-made types are ready to be used as soon as you purchase them, but may need to be cut to fit your mouth size. Both styles of mouthguard can be extremely uncomfortable to wear and often players will discard them during play.

Custom-fitted mouthguards

Custom-made mouthguards offer the most comfort and protection because your dentist molds them to fit the specific contours of your mouth.

The safety provided by custom-fitted guards precisely made for a player’s unique mouth is superior to any off-the-shelf sports mouthguard.

At our practice, we recommend that you have a custom-fitted sports mouthguard if you’re regularly involved in a sport. If you’d like to know more, please contact us for an appointment.

Mouthguard care

Mouthguards are prone to collect dirt and bacteria if not cleaned properly. It is important that you thoroughly wash your mouthguard after each use. Rinse it with cold water. You can also use a toothbrush and toothpaste or rinse with mouthwash on a regular basis.

Anti-snoring device (Mandibular Advancement Splints)

Working with sleep specialists these appliances can treat intrusive snoring during sleep.

Call the friendly reception staff at Henry Street Dental Care to book an appointment for a dental examination and to talk about the treatment options

 

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