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Occlusal Splints Canley Heights

Occlusal splints are removable appliances made to fit the upper or lower teeth to manage temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, bruxism, and sleep apnoea.

Your dentist Canley Heights will properly fit an occlusal splint for you to keep your jaw muscles in a relaxed position and prevent teeth grinding and clenching

occlusal splints canley heights

Bruxism

Bruxism, or teeth grinding, is a common condition that affects both adults and children. It occurs when a person grinds their teeth or clenches their jaws, usually during sleep.

In most cases, the person is unaware that they are doing it until they are told that they do.

Although you may not hear the actual grinding of your teeth, there are many other signs and symptoms that you may notice, such as toothaches, morning headaches, earaches, and sore jaw muscles.

How Occlusal Splints Work

Occlusal splints cover the chewing surfaces of the upper teeth. It is made to be worn during sleep. They will not keep you from grinding or clenching.

However, they guide the jaw to a neutral position which relieves some of the pressure on the jaw joint and protect your teeth against the destructive forces of bruxism.

Z Your Occlusal Splint Appointment

When occlusal splints are made, two short appointments are usually required:

Z Initial appointment

During this appointment, your Canley Heights dentist will take impressions and measurements of your upper and lower teeth.

Z Next appointment

At this point, your Canley Heights dentist will make sure that your new splint fits comfortably around your upper teeth and in your bite.

Occlusal Splints in Canley Heights

If not dealt with correctly, bruxism can cause cracked or broken tooth and, in rare cases, cause tooth enamel erosion and eventually, loss. If ignored, this condition can also cause damage to the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) in your jaw.

Visit your Canley Heights dentist today!

If you want to know more about our occlusal splints in Canley Heights, please call us on (02) 9199 9678 or book your appointment online.

We are located at 1/229 Canley Vale Road in Canley Heights.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an occlusal splint?
An occlusal splint or orthodontic device is a specially designed mouthguard for people who grind/clench their teeth, have a history of pain and dysfunction associated with the bite or temporomandibular joints (TMJ), or have completed a full mouth rehabilitation.
How do occlusal splints work?
Occlusal splints allow muscles in spasm to relax, protect the teeth and jaws from the adverse effects of bruxism, and normalise periodontal ligament sensation.
What is clenching? Is it dangerous for my teeth?
Teeth clenching means you tightly hold your top and bottom teeth together, especially the back teeth. Like grinding, clenching can result in jaw pain and other tooth-related problems.
Is further treatment required?
The main purpose of an occlusal splint is absorbing the forces of bruxism and providing something to wear down other than your teeth.

As such, your occlusal splint will wear down, chip, and may eventually break after series of grinding and chewing on it. When this occurs, your splint will need to be replaced.

In cases of severe bruxism, treatment by a physiotherapist may be necessary to treat any muscular discomfort and to provide exercises to strengthen and protect your jaw joint.

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