Protect Your Teeth From Bruxism Damage With Our Occlusal Splints

What is Bruxism and How Does it Damage Teeth?

Bruxism is a dental condition in which a person grinds or clenches their teeth, usually subconsciously when awake and unknowingly during sleep. It is mostly linked to stress and anxiety levels, as well as sleep disorders, airway issues, alcohol consumption, and caffeine intake.

Teeth grinding can cause a range of dental problems, including tooth sensitivity, cracking or fracturing of teeth, wear of teeth, migraines and jaw pain.

It is important to get treatment for bruxism to avoid these problems and other health problems associated with it. Treatment options can include occlusal splint therapy, muscle-relaxant injections, while stress management techniques and relaxation therapies may be advised in certain cases.

Skilled diagnosis and treatment of teeth grinding

When you visit our dental clinic for a check-up or treatment, our highly qualified dentists will conduct a physical examination of your mouth and, depending on the state of your teeth, jaw muscles and inner cheeks, may decide on an x-ray to check the condition of your teeth, gums and jaw. 

Once diagnosed, there are various treatments available to help manage bruxism. One of the most effective methods is using a custom-made oral appliance called an occlusal splint, which helps protect the teeth and prevent grinding or clenching. This is made of hard acrylic or a soft material moulded on an impression taken of your teeth. 

It can fit over the upper or lower teeth and keeps the dental surfaces away from each other, preventing wear and tear of the dental enamel and helping protect teeth from the effects of teeth grinding. 

If you know or suspect you grind your teeth when sleeping or subconsciously when awake, visit our skilled, competent dentists for caring treatment that involves customised splints and follow-up appointments to monitor your dental health. Book your appointment today!

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