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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.
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.
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.
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.
Bruxism is a multifactorial issue which can be caused by an abnormal bite or crooked teeth, biological factors (e.g. genetics), psychological factors (e.g. stress & anxiety), sleep disorders (e.g. sleep apnea) and/or external factors such as smoking, caffeine, alcohol and some drugs.
When teeth grinding occurs on a regular and forceful basis it can result in wear and tear and cracks in the teeth, broken teeth or broken restorations, and loosening or loss of teeth. Not only can severe grinding damage teeth and result in tooth loss, it can also affect your jaws, cause or worsen jaw and face pain, and even change the appearance of your face.
Teeth grinding is also common in children. However, because their teeth and jaws change and grow so quickly it is not usually a damaging habit that requires treatment, and most outgrow it by their teenage years. However, if your child’s teeth grinding is due to the misaligned teeth, then orthodontics may be the appropriate solution to not only improve their appearance but to protect your child’s teeth over the long term.
Our professional team and dentist consider all the potential causes of your grinding and discuss possible treatment options for you that may include:
Dr Kia may prescribe the use of a dental splints. Splints are a special mouthguard to wear at night so that the guard is worn down instead of your teeth. In most cases, a bite splint will only help with the symptoms and will not stop you from grinding altogether.
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