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513 Camberwell Road
Camberwell VICTORIA 3124
Telephone (03) 9889 0612
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Cosmetic Dentist Camberwell

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?

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

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.

What are the benefits of a splint?

This treatment is non-invasive. The splint is worn at night and will reduce the tensing of jaw muscles and reduce the risks associated with Bruxism.

Why do patients like to use a splint?

There are many reasons why patients like to wear a splint, they include:

  • Tailor made giving a great fit
  • A soft material is used for added comfort
  • Suitable for patients with a deep bite