What is bruxism (tooth grinding)?

Bruxism is a broad term including involuntary clenching, grinding and gnashing of the teeth. From a large portion of the population who does grind time to time, a fraction are regular, forceful tooth grinder. Because grinding often occurs during sleep, most people are unaware that they grind their teeth. However, a dull, constant headache or sore jaw when you wake up is a telltale symptom of grinding. Many times, the loved one who shares their bed (and hears the grinding noises at night) is the first one to notice the problem.

What are Occlusal Splints?

Occlusal splints, also known as bite splints, night guards, or occlusal guards are highly effective dental appliances designed to alleviate the discomfort caused by various dental conditions. These custom-fit appliances are made from durable materials and are uniquely tailored to fit the contours of your teeth and gums. At Distinct dental centre, our skilled dental team offers custom-made occlusal splints to provide you with the relief you need and help you regain control over your oral health.

What conditions can be treated with Occlusal Splints?

Occlusal splints are commonly prescribed to address a range of dental issues, including:

Bruxism (Teeth Grinding and Clenching): If you grind or clench your teeth, especially during sleep, it can lead to tooth wear, jaw pain, headaches, and other discomforts. Occlusal splints act as a protective barrier, preventing the grinding forces from damaging your teeth and jaw.

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ/TMD): TMJ disorders can cause significant pain and restricted jaw movement. Occlusal splints can help alleviate TMJ-related symptoms by reducing the pressure on the jaw joint and promoting better jaw alignment.

Dental Occlusion Issues: Occlusal splints can be used to correct problems with your dental bite, ensuring that your upper and lower teeth come together properly for improved comfort and function.

Prevention of Tooth Damage: For patients with dental restorations, such as crowns or veneers, occlusal splints can protect these dental works from excessive forces, extending their lifespan.

Sports & Custom Made Mouthguards

Mouthguards are made to protect your teeth from injuries while you play sports. If you or your child is involved in contact sports, mouthguards are recommended for teeth protection. Customised mouthguards come in varying thickness depending on the level of contact that is expected and can also be internally reinforced. You also have many different color options to choose as you like.

Custom-made mouthguards fit much better than the stock mouthguards, which makes them more comfortable and harder to accidentally dislodge while you’re playing. If you have braces, you still can have a custom-made mouthguard to cover your teeth and braces together.


Tooth Grinding FAQs

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