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.
A condition characterised by teeth grinding and excessive clenching of the jaw.
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.
Clenching and grinding can be a result of:
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.
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.
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.
There are many reasons why patients like to wear a splint, they include: