This patient’s lower teeth were worn down from years of grinding and clenching. We discussed crowning all the lower teeth, but I wanted to try bonding composite to the tops of the teeth to build them back up. He will eventually wear this away, but it’s easy for me to add to and re-bond the teeth as he wears them down over the years. I also made him a nightguard to wear when he sleeps to protect the teeth.
This patient had worn down her teeth due to years of grinding. I filled in and restored the tops of the teeth with dental ceramic composite bonding, and made her a nightguard to protect her teeth in the future.
Custom dentist made pressure laminated mouthguards provide the most comfortable fit and the best protection against injury. They are more durable and longer lasting than over the counter mouthguards. I can make the mouthguards in your team colors and with the team logo.
Mouthguards protect your teeth, mouth, face, lips and jaws. Research has shown that custom made mouthguards reduce the incidence of concussions and brain injuries. I have attached below an article from The Academy of General Dentistry Magazine, August 2014, on mouthguards reducing brain injuries.
If you or someone you know experiences severe tooth, jaw or facial muscle pain, it may be from the effects of grinding or clenching your teeth. The good news is that Dr. Gentry may be able to prescribe a custom-made Comfort H/S™ (Hard/Soft) Bite Splint, which offsets the pain caused by bruxing or grinding your teeth.
A nightguard is a proactive step to protect your existing healthy teeth. A clear, thin removable device, your custom-made bite splint is worn over your lower or upper teeth as you sleep.
Studies suggest those who grind and clench their teeth may experience up to 80 times the normal tooth wear per day compared to those who do not. The good news is that a simple bite splint can offset the effects of this often-subconscious habit while protecting your teeth from daily wear and tear.