Sporting accidents are one of the most common causes of dental injury. Dental injuries can result in time off school or work, can be painful and disfiguring, and may involve lengthy and complex dental treatment.
Every year thousands of people, including children, are treated for sporting-resulted dental injuries that could have been avoided or minimised by wearing a protective, custom-fitted mouthguard. Wearing a custom-fitted mouthguard helps to absorb and spread the impact of a blow to your face, which might otherwise result in an injury to your mouth your jaw or your head.
The cost of an injury to your teeth or jaw far exceeds the cost of a custom-fitted mouthguard.
Custom-fitted mouthguards should be worn whilst playing and training for any sport where there is a possibility of contact to the face. These sports can include Rugby, netball, soccer, cricket, basketball, hockey, and even skateboarding and skiing. A custom-fitted mouthguard is just as important as any other sporting equipment.
Aside from sporting accidents, mouth guards can also protect against dental injuries caused by teeth grinding.
The Nociceptive trigeminal inhibition tension suppression system (abbreviated to NTI-TSS, or NTI-tension suppression system) is a type of occlusal splint that is claimed to prevent headache and migraine by reducing sleep bruxism (night-time tooth clenching and grinding).. Sleep bruxism is purported to lead to a hyperactivity of the trigeminal nerve, often triggering typical migraine events. The objective of the NTI-TSS is to relax the muscles involved in clenching and mastication, thus supposedly diminishing the chances for migraines and tension headaches to develop. It is sometimes used for jaw joint dysfunction (TMD).
The NTI-TSS is a small transparent plastic device which is, in its most widely used form, worn over the two front teeth at night, and intended to prevent contact of the canines and molars. It is normally fitted by a dentist trained in the technique, and is constructed with the help of a dental technician.