Dr Shrey Shah is an experienced dental practitioner offering a range of dental services including complex restorations, full mouth rehabilitation, Smile design, Dental implants, Wisdom teeth extractions, Root canal treatment, Crowns and bridges, Paediatric dentistry and Family dentistry. Dr Shah graduated from Gujarat University in India in 2011. He practised in India for a multi-location practice for two-and-a-half years before moving to Australia in 2014. He completed his Australian registration requirement in 2016 and since has been working in a number of private practices. Throughout his career, he has always been up to date with the latest innovations in dentistry and keeps enhancing his skills with continuing professional education to provide his patients the best service possible. Dr. Shrey has been a local since 2018. In his free time Dr Shrey loves to play tennis, watch movies and enjoys spending some quality time with his family.
Information about your occlusal splint
An Occlusal splint (also called a night guard) is a custom moulded hard plastic appliance that fits over the upper teeth. It is designed to protect natural teeth, crowns and implants from wear and cracking from clenching and grinding habits [Bruxism] and relieve muscle tension and painful joint symptoms.
Bruxism is an excessive clenching or grinding of the teeth that is not a part of normal chewing movements. It can lead to excessive wear on the teeth and may cause permanent damage to the teeth and the jaw joints.
How does a splint help?
The splint is custom made on models of your teeth using a chewing simulator and is designed by our technician to establish a perfectly even bite and prevent individual tooth wear and reduce destructive forces on the jaw joint, ligaments, and cartilage.
What happens if you don’t use a splint when indicated?
The enamel surfaces of teeth rapidly wear down, exposing the soft internal part of the tooth which wears quickly. If left to wear down as in the bottom photo, then bacteria can penetrate through to the nerve and a Root Canal may be required.
To restore the teeth, you may need Crowns or Veneers
Crowns and implants are protected from excessive forces which may chip or loosen them.
Using the splint
It should be worn as directed, usually just at night, but some patients may need to also use it during the day if in acute pain. Do not use when eating.
At first you are likely to notice one or more of the following:
- The splint may feel tight on your teeth, especially front teeth, when you first insert it.
- Increased salivation
- When the splint is removed, your teeth may feel like they do not fit normally together.
These are all normal and will disappear in a short time, normally it takes about a month for patients to get used to wearing a splint. Once the initial adjustments are completed, your splint will still need to be checked and possibly adjusted from time to time.
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