Occlusal Splint

Lightwood Dental | Occlusal Splints | Dentist Ferntree Gully Do you grind your teeth at night? If you answer yes, you might need an occlusal splint. An occlusal splint is a smaller, stiffer version of a mouth-guard that is worn at night to prevent damage to your teeth from heavy grinding and clenching.

The damage teeth can suffer includes severe wear and exposure of the sensitive parts of your teeth. Grinding can also lead to the development of cracks and fractures in teeth and/or fillings.

Wearing the splint provided by your Lightwood Dental dentist will ensure your teeth are protected and may reduce or eliminate your risk in the long term.

What is Teeth Grinding?

Also referred to as bruxism, teeth grinding is one of the most common sleeping disorders and dental problems. If you frequently wake up in the morning with a painful jaw or headache, you may be dealing with bruxism.

Teeth grinding can be possibly triggered and caused by:

  • Tight grinding or clenching of teeth
  • Difficulty dealing with stress
  • Aggressive behaviour
  • Anger and frustration
  • Nervous tension
  • Sleeping habits and diet
  • Body posture
  • Dental misalignments

Signs that you grind your teeth at night include:

  • Flat and worn down teeth
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Tongue indentations
  • Earache
  • Headache
  • Jaw pain

How Can Occlusal Splints Help?

If you suffer from bruxism, your dentist at Lightwood Dental can help with occlusal splint. Splints are custom-made night guards designed to prevent the grinding and clenching activities. Splints are recommended to be put in place each evening, before you go to bed.

Teeth grinding can put your long term dental health at risk. A trip to your dentist can save your teeth and your smile. If you suffer from symptoms of bruxism, it’s important to consider getting a night guard to prevent teeth from wearing on each other. During your visit, your dentist can also discuss other remedies to help ease your teeth grinding.

Occlusal splint can address and prevent issues associated with bruxism such as:

  • Facial pain
  • Migraine
  • Jaw disorders (such as temporomandibular joint disorder)

Schedule an Appointment at Lightwood Dental in Ferntree Gully

Treatment for teeth grinding will greatly vary depending on your case. At Lightwood dental, one of the treatments we recommend for bruxism is a custom occlusal splint made from premium quality materials to provide the effective and long-lasting results you need.

Call us today on (03) 9758 2099 or book your appointment online today!

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