Home Home » Nightguard

Relief from pain, damage caused by teeth grinding: Nightguards in Napier at the dentist’s office

You deserve to enjoy all of the activities and amenities that the stunning east coast has to offer. Chronic migraines, jaw stiffness, and radiating facial pain can all interfere with our ability to take in life to the fullest. You have come to the best place to get to the real source of pain and other disruptive and debilitating symptoms. Teeth-grinding, a condition known as “bruxism,” may be to blame. Fortunately, there is a discreet, no-stress way to ease pain and protect teeth from damage caused by bruxism at Dentiq in Napier: nightguards.

More about bruxism

Some people subconsciously grind and clench their teeth and jaws during sleep. Others may “brux” during the day and not realise that they are doing it. Awake bruxism, as it’s known, may be a function of deep concentration, stress, and anxiety. Sleep bruxism is associated with changing sleep patterns and interruptions (“micro-arousals”) when at rest. However, there are thought to be several factors that influence this type of bruxism, from genetics and smoking to alcohol consumption and, yes, stress.

Dr Sundar may suspect that you have bruxism when evaluating your teeth during a recall visit. He may notice excessive enamel wear and tear. Teeth may be chipped, fractured, or even loose. Restorations, such as crowns, may be damaged prematurely due to the extreme force placed on your teeth, especially when grinding and gnashing during sleep. When at rest, patients are not aware of the pressure placed on their teeth, jaws, jaw joints, and tissues — up to 250 pounds (113 kilos) of force! Due to these excessive forces, damage to natural teeth and dental work may be accompanied by TMJ-like symptoms. These symptoms can range from jaw stiffness and clicking, to neck, shoulder, back, ear, and facial pain.

The ease of nightguards

Oral appliances made from a durable, yet lightweight and unobtrusive acrylic can protect the teeth and cushion the blow to oral structures generated by chronic bruxism. These appliances are made to your unique specifications from impressions or models of your mouth. They slip over your teeth. When worn and cared for as Dr Sundar directs, these “guards” present a hassle-free, convenient, portable, non-invasive, and cost-effective way to address the many threats to your good health from bruxism. They save you considerable money, as natural teeth and restorations are preserved.

Additionally, many patients can restore their quality of life and reduce the severity and frequency of their headaches. Or they can reduce their reliance on pain medications to manage symptoms.

If we suspect that you brux during the day, we can also discuss approaches such as relaxation techniques to halt these damaging behaviours effectively. We look forward to visiting with you. Contact us at 06 880 6161 to schedule your appointment with Dr Sundar.

Nightguard Before After
Dr. Sundar Jagadeesan Dr. Sundar Jagadeesan received his Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) in 2002 from the TN Dr MGR Medical University, Chennai, India. He completed his Post Graduate Certificate in Advanced Oral implantology in 2007 from the Manipal University, Manipal India. In 2008 he decided to move permanently to Aotearoa, New Zealand. And since then, he has been in private practice in different parts of the country, from West Coast to Waikato and now in Hawkes Bay.

In 2015 Dr. Sundar embarked on a journey of learning at the world-renowned Kois Center in Seattle, USA. Here he learnt under the tutelage of Dr John C Kois, DMD MSD. The Kois Center is the only continuing education program in the world conducting and publishing independent research. Every course is updated each year based on new scientific evidence. Dr. Sundar continues his learning at the Kois Center each year to bring the best evidence-based dentistry to Hawkes Bay.

Dr. Sundar and his family have been living in Hawkes Bay since 2012 and love the area. The family is complete with their beloved golden retriever, Maple. Dr. Sundar’s family’s love for Hawkes Bay resulted in his parents and siblings moving to sunny Hawkes Bay too.

He is delighted to meet you as you visit Dentiq, your first step towards better oral and overall health.

Read OurSuccess Stories