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
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
- Jaw pain
How Can Occlusal Splints Help?
If you suffer from bruxism, your dentist at Lightwood Dental can help with
Teeth grinding can put your
- Facial pain
- Jaw disorders (such as temporomandibular joint disorder)
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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.