Teeth Grinding (Bruxism) is a common problem in a modern society. An occlusal splint can help protect the surfaces of your teeth from attrition or occlusal wear. Occlusal splints are similar to mouthguards. They are also known as “night guards” or “bite splints”. When worn, this acts as a splint for inflamed Temporomandibular (jaw) joints to reduce pain, and prevents damage to your natural teeth from grinding or gnashing of teeth (Bruxism).
If you participate in a sport (eg. rugby, boxing) that carries a risk of contact to the face, it is essential to wear a mouthguard. It is useful to wear a mouthguard in other collision sports where accidental unexpected contact happens eg. baseball, hockey, BMX bike riding, cricket. A mouthguard helps to absorb the shock experienced to the face, thereby reducing the risk of teeth injuries. A heavy collision may result in chipped tooth, tooth loss, soft tissue injury and in severe cases, jaw injuries.
A professionally custom-made mouthguard specifically fits the shape of your mouth and teeth comfortably and has maximum resistance against dislodgement. This is better than over-the-counter mouthguards which tend to be poorly fitting.
In order to make an occlusal splint or mouthguard, an impression of your teeth needs to be taken. It will then be sent to a laboratory for fabrication. When it has been made, we will try it in your mouth to ensure it fits well. It may be slightly uncomfortable at the beginning but you will get used to wearing this.
It is also important that you wear your mouthguard according to the dentist instructions.
For sports enthusiasts or people diagnosed with bBruxism or Temporomandibular disorder, a mouthguard or occlusal splint can help prevent long term dental problems.