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Important COVID-19 UpdateMore Info

Dear Valued Aardent Dental Centre Patient, It seems that all we hear and talk about these days is COVID-19(Coronavirus). Nevertheless, we want to reassure you that we are taking extra measures in addition to our usual stringent hygiene practices. The health of our patients, staff and anyone who enters the building is of paramount importance to us. We are taking a multitude of precautions as recommended by the appropriate health authorities (and some of our own). These include,

  • Spacing of waiting room chairs by a minimum of 1.5meters.
  • Removal of magazines, newspapers and children’s toys from the waiting room.
  • Offering patients to wait in their cars if they prefer.
  • Insisting that all people who enter the building use hand sanitiser (provided).
  • Asking all people to practice high levels of cough/sneezing hygiene.
  • Requesting that anyone with a temperature/flu like symptoms contact us and postpone their dental appointment.
  • Regularly sanitising building surfaces like doorknobs etc.
  • Requiring patients for some procedures to rinse with 1% hydrogen peroxide solution (known to kill coronavirus in the mouth).
  • Availability of non-contact body temperature devices for patient screening if the situation escalates.

Please rest assured that we are open for business and able to continue our excellent level of treatment for you.

As you will be aware the situation is ever changing as will be our response. We will endeavour to keep you informed along the way.

Kindest regards,

Richard Williams

and the

Aardent Dental Centre Team

Protective Splints in Victoria Park

Aardent Dental Centre Grinding Solutions

Teeth clenching and grinding — or “bruxism” — is a common habit that many people do subconsciously. Most individuals suffer from bruxism when they sleep, while others do it out of habit when they feel stressed.

Although tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the entire body, when teeth grind against other teeth with extreme pressure, it causes all of them to wear down. We call this process “attrition,” and it results in issues such as

  • Flattened, worn teeth
  • Fractured dental work
  • Jaw pain and headaches
  • Gum recession
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Abfractions (chips in the enamel along the gumlines)

Preventing Tooth Wear

Daytime bruxism can take a long time to consciously break the habit. But if you’re grinding your teeth at night, you can’t help if you’re doing it or not. Wearing a protective splint will place a small amount of buffer space between your upper and lower teeth, preventing them from clenching against each other while you sleep.

We use a product called CLEARsplint™, which is slightly flexible and more comfortable to wear than traditional rigid occlusal splints. While it can take a few nights to get used to, most of our patients find this type of appliance to be an easy adjustment to make.

A Smart Investment for Your Smile

Getting an occlusal splint will help you protect your teeth from future wear and safeguard any investments you’ve made in past (or future) dental work. It also retrains the muscles to relax, lessening the tension and likelihood of headaches or TMJ disorder.

Preventative dentistry is something we take seriously. If we feel that you’re beginning to show the effects of tooth wear and grinding during your exam, we may suggest wearing an occlusal splint when you sleep. Do you notice sore jaws when you wake up in the morning or are you starting to see evidence of tooth wear?

Contact us today to schedule an evaluation.

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