A night guard is a horseshoe-shaped, retainer-like, plastic appliance with shallow borders that can be worn on either the top or the bottom arch. It is designed to protect teeth from the pressure of clenching and grinding (bruxism) by providing a protective cushion between the upper and lower teeth. Also, it helps to prevent and treat TMJ problems.
An estimated 80 million people in North America snore. If you are one of them, you can still enjoy a restful night by wearing a custom-made snore prevention device recommended by your dentist. Anti-snoring device is flexible, thin, and comfortable to wear. It positions the lower jaw into a forward position by means of special connectors that are attached to transparent flexible upper & lower forms. The forms are custom laminated with heat and pressure to the dentist's model of the mouth. The fit is excellent and comfortable.
Silent Nite devices do not interfere with breathing through the mouth. Even in cases of congested nasal passages, the device prevents snoring and allows uninhibited oral breathing.
Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) occurs when the joint that attaches the upper jaw and lower jaw is not working properly. People with TMJ may have a clicking sound when opening or closing their mouth impeding the correct functionality. This syndrome can cause headaches, tooth sensibility, neck, shoulder and mandibular muscle pain. Temporomandibular disorder affects the muscles that control chewing and the articulation of the jaw.
Fluoride is a natural mineral found throughout the earth's crust and widely distributed in nature. It protects teeth from cavities in two different ways:
Fluoride concentrates in the growing bones and developing teeth of children, helping to harden the enamel on baby and adult teeth before they emerge;
Fluoride helps to harden the enamel on adult teeth that have already emerged.
Your dentist may apply a fluoride treatment of higher doses than is found in commercial products to help give extra protection against tooth decay and/or to alleviate tooth sensitivity.
Sealants are a white or tooth shaded material that is bonded to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, sealing off deep grooves and pits. They act as a barrier, protecting enamel from plaque and acids. Sealants make the grooves of the teeth smoother so your toothbrush can more easily keep the teeth clean.
A composite filling (also called a white filling) is a mixture of glass or quartz filler in a resin medium that produces a tooth-colored filling. Composite fillings are a safer alternative to metal or silver amalgam fillings and are used to treat decay on a portion of a tooth replacing an old silver amalgam filling and to maintain a white smile.
Composite fillings are environmentally non-toxic because they contain no mercury. They are stronger because they bond directly to the surface of the tooth. They protect the tooth from fracturing because they don't require the severe "undercut" (removal of healthy tooth structure) as compared to amalgam fillings.
Composite vs. Amalgam
Bonds chemically and mechanically
Does not cause tooth
cracks and fractures
Contains mercury (about 50%)
Contains silver, copper, tin, zinc,
and occasionally nickel
Bonds only mechanically
Expands and may cause tooth
cracks and fractures