Occlusal Splint Canberra
An occlusal splint is a slim but hard appliance or guard that is custom-fitted to the biting surface of the teeth. It is designed to guide the jaws into a neutral position, effectively reducing the pressure on the teeth and joints caused by grinding and clenching.
- Benefits of Using an Occlusal Splint
Minimizes teeth wear, fractures, and chips due to grinding and clenching
- Reduces jaw muscle pain and stiffness caused by clenching
- Protects the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) from adverse effects of grinding and clenching
- Alleviates muscular headaches associated with teeth grinding
Teeth grinding, an involuntary habit often occurring during sleep, can lead to the wearing of the biting surface of the teeth and edges of the front teeth. As a result, affected teeth may appear shorter with visible fracture lines, affecting their aesthetics. In more severe cases, teeth can even crack, causing pain and discomfort.
Clenching of the jaw muscles and teeth grinding can occur simultaneously, leading to painful and stiff jaw muscles and restricted mouth opening. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) may also be adversely affected, causing clicking or pain in advanced cases. Some patients may experience muscular headaches due to clenching and teeth grinding.
An occlusal splint is fabricated based on the impression of the patient’s teeth. While wearing the splint does not stop the grinding or clenching process, it significantly reduces the negative impacts such as teeth wear and chips. A well-designed dental splint holds the jaws in a relaxed rest position, minimizing pressure on the TMJ. In complex cases, patients may be referred to a TMJ specialist for additional treatment.
Typically worn at night, the occlusal splint can also be used during the daytime if necessary. Regular maintenance includes brushing the splint in the morning with a normal toothbrush and rinsing it under tap water.
If you are experiencing teeth grinding or clenching issues in Canberra, consider an occlusal splint to protect your teeth and jaws. Our skilled dental professionals can custom-fit the splint for your comfort and optimal oral health.
Contact us today At Harrison Dental Care to learn more and schedule an appointment.