Occlusal Splints for Teeth Grinding
Patients who suffer from stress related nocturnal grinding (bruxism) or clenching of the jaw can be provided with Occlusal Splints. As with mouthguards, the process of fabricating an occlusal splint requires 2 short visits. The first visit will be for impression taking and the final to insert and assess the fitting. At the insert appointment, you will be given further instructions on how to care for your splint. The wait between the initial appointment and the insert is approximately 2.5-3 weeks.
What is bruxism?
When does this happen?
Why does this happen?
Clenching and grinding can be a result of:
What are the symptoms of bruxism?
Does it change my facial appearance?
Yes, a square jaw can be noticed in those who clench and grind as the muscles involved in these activities become hyperactive and become larger.
Is there anything I can do to help my mouth?
To prevent damage to the teeth, occlusal splints have been used since the 1930s to treat teeth grinding, clenching, and jaw disorders. The occlusal splint is fitted to the upper arch of the teeth and assist in providing your jaw to be in a more relaxed position.