Occlusal Splints for Teeth Grinding

Patients who suffer from nocturnal grinding (bruxism) or clenching of the jaw, can be provided with an Occlusal Splint.

What is bruxism?

A condition characterised by teeth grinding and excessive clenching of the jaw.

When does this happen?

Bruxism most commonly occurs at night during sleep. As a result, many people are unaware that they may be grinding. Clenching and grinding can also occur throughout the day, especially if you are under stress.

Why does this happen?

Clenching and grinding can be a result of:

  • Stress (most common)
  • Disrupted sleep pattern
  • Enlarged tonsils/adenoids
  • Habit (Possibly genetic)

What are the symptoms of bruxism?

Dental Symptoms:

  • Teeth appear blunt and 'worn-down',
  • Teeth begin to fracture due to the heavy forces of grinding
  • Inflammation and recession of gums
  • Excess tooth mobility and premature loss of teeth.
  • Hot, cold sensitivity in the teeth
  • Cheeks toughen and have a white line on the inside of mouth
General Symptoms:
  • Anxiety, stress, and tension
  • Depression
  • Ear ache & sore jaw
  • Headache
  • Insomnia