Occlusal splints are made to help in two main ways:
- To help prevent teeth wearing down and chipping
- To reduce the muscle tension and headaches as a result of teeth-grinding
What Is Bruxism?
Bruxism is a common condition where individuals unconsciously clench or grind their teeth, often during sleep. This involuntary habit can lead to various dental issues, such as tooth wear, chipped teeth or fillings, jaw discomfort, headaches and even tooth loss.
What Are The Causes Of Bruxism?
The causes of Bruxism are multifaceted, and can include:
- Stress and anxiety
- Certain medications
- Sleep disorders such as sleep apnea
- Uneven alignment of the bite
What Are The Common Signs Of Bruxism?
The signs and symptoms of bruxism vary from person to person and are dependent on the degree of clenching. They may include:
- Teeth damage (grinding, chipping, loosening, enamel wear)
- Increased tooth sensitivity
- Jaw and facial pain
- Tired or tight jaw muscles
- Earache-like pain
- Dull headaches originating in the temples
- Oral tissue damage (inside of the cheek, tongue indentations)
- Sleep disruption
What Is An Occlusal Splint?
An occlusal splint is a custom-made mouth guard designed to protect your teeth from the damaging effects of Bruxism. Also known as a teeth-grinding splint, the custom-made splint is worn over the upper teeth, creating a barrier that prevents direct tooth-to-tooth contact, thus reducing wear and tear. While serving a protective function, the mouth splint also helps to relax the jaw muscles, reducing instances of jaw pain and headaches associated with Bruxism.
How Much Does An Occlusal Splint Cost?
The cost of an occlusal splint is a small price to pay for the peace of mind and protection it provides. Typically, teeth-grinding splints cost $750.
The Aesthetic Smile Collective is committed to providing effective solutions for those battling Bruxism. Our occlusal splints are custom-made to ensure a comfortable fit and maximum effectiveness. With our expertise and commitment to oral health, we aim to help you sleep better, feel better, and smile brighter.
How Do Teeth Splints Differ From Mouthguards?
Let’s break it down: teeth splints and mouthguards are dental appliances, but each has a distinct purpose. Mouthguards are commonly used to shield teeth during sports or to curb teeth grinding. In contrast, occlusal splints are designed to stabilise teeth or address certain dental problems.
Are Teeth Splints Comfortable To Use?
Every occlusal splint is tailor-made to fit your mouth snugly. It may initially feel unusual, but most people find it comfortable after a brief adjustment period.
How Long Should I Wear An Occlusal Splint?
The duration of mouth splint usage depends on the specific dental problem being treated. Some splints are worn temporarily to stabilise loose teeth, while others may be used longer to manage conditions like bruxism. Our dentists will guide you on the duration of your splint usage.
Can I Eat And Drink With A Night Guard On?
Generally, eating or drinking with an occlusal splint is not advisable. You should take it out before meals and clean it following your dentist’s instructions.
How Do I Clean And Maintain My Night Guard?
Cleaning methods may vary depending on the type of splint you have. You should rinse it with water after each use and gently brush it with a soft toothbrush and mild soap or toothpaste. Avoid using hot water, harsh chemicals, or abrasive materials for cleaning.
Is It Possible To Repair A Damaged Teeth Grinding Splint?
In most situations, a damaged teeth splint can be repaired or replaced by your dentist. It’s crucial to consult them if you notice any damage or wear and tear to your splint.