Oral Splints Brisbane QLD
If you are finding that you wake with jaw pain or headaches on a regular basis you could be suffering from night grinding.
Having clenching and grinding problems can often go by unnoticed. This is generally because it happens during sleep in most cases and therefore occurs subconsciously.
Clenching and grinding of the teeth is known as Bruxism.
The tell tail sign of bruxism can be evident on the ends of your teeth. Take a look in the mirror and examine them closely. If you notice damage on the tips, you could be a victim of problem grinding.
Most people are unaware that apart from meal times, teeth shouldn’t touch. Even minor contact over time can cause damage to the teeth and can be the cause of the need for treatments such as:
- Root canal
This is because the damage to the teeth causes them to wear, crack and weaken. Crowns, fillings and veneers offer a resolution to restore the damage where prevention could have been the most useful tool.
Along with costly treatments, bruxism patients often suffer from headaches and jaw pain often come from tired and tense clenching muscles that are working when they should be resting.
The solution: the oral splint
The splint is a small mouthpiece worn on the teeth during sleep and is an effective solution for Bruxism. It looks a lot like a mouthguard but is constructed of a much harder material that prevents teeth grinding against each other.
A splint, made from high strength acrylic resin, provides total protection during sleep when the forces of bruxism are at their greatest. Many scientific studies demonstrate that splints are extremely effective in preventing headaches and jaw pain.
Use of a splint is recommended for all people who have bruxism as well as any of the following:
- Significant wear on teeth
- Crowns, veneers, implants & fillings
- Headaches and jaw pain
What causes bruxism?
It is a debatable topic but generally bruxism is linked to anger, anxiety and stress. A splint is a great way to stop your teeth from damaging each other in the short term, but in order to help your teeth in the long run it would be better for your smile to source the cause.
We care about your wellbeing as well!
If you are suffering from bruxism problems, take some time to consider what is really stressing you out. Here at Lutwyche Dental in North Brisbane we care about your oral health but your overall health is important as well. Bruxism can cause devastating effects to your oral health and can regrettably lead to tooth loss if not treated. Give us a chance to help you prevent future damage.
Oral Splints Brisbane
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