Bite Splint Protection from Grinding
If you frequently experience soreness in the teeth or jaws on waking, headaches, pain on biting or cracked teeth, you may have bruxism (clenching or grinding). Following assessment with one of our dentists, an occlusal splint may be recommended.
An occlusal splint is a custom-made clear plastic appliance, similar to a mouthguard, worn over the teeth to protect them from damage and relieve stress on the jaw muscles. The occlusal splint helps prevent the wearing down and shortening of your teeth when you are grinding and clenching.
Frequently Asked Questions
A splint can last up to 5 years. The main issue staining and this can be prevented by using certain denture cleansing tablets. Always bring your splint to your check-up appointments.
It is difficult to talk with a splint in your mouth. If you are a driver or sit at a computer and clench your teeth during the day the splint may be worn, though it is mostly for night wear.
Dogs love splints! They will go hunting for them and chew through containers to find your splint. Always keep the models your splint was made from, and we can make you a new one if your dog does get into mischief.