Bruxism, or teeth grinding, is a common condition that can have devastating impacts on the health of teeth and the mouth. Bruxism most commonly occurs at night, while we are sleeping. It is often result of stress or anxiety and because it occurs unconsciously it is difficult to treat.
Grinding places enormous pressure and stress on the teeth as well as the muscles and bones that make up your face and jaw. Sufferers often report aching jaws, headaches and even temporomandibular disorders (TMD). If left untreated teeth can be chipped, loosened and even fractured.
A splint (or mouth guard) for teeth grinding works as a guard between your teeth. It is removable and we mould it to your teeth to ensure the perfect, comfortable fit. The splint absorbs the pressure created by the grinding and gives your teeth and the bones and muscles in your jaw a well needed rest.
The procedure is very straightforward and it only takes two visits. During the first visit, we will use a paste to create a mould for your teeth, this mould will be sent off so a dental technician can create the splint. During your second visit, the mould will be fitted and checked. If it’s a good fit, all you have to do is wear the splint every night and you’ll go a long way to saving your teeth and preventing all those aches and pains.
In severe cases of bruxism, you may need to be referred to a neuromuscular surgeon so they can relax the jaw muscles and allow them to function normally.
If you suffer from bruxism you need a splint to prevent: