Occlusal Splints for Bruxism and/or TMD
What are they and do I need one?
Occlusal splints can be a very effective treatment for Bruxism and/or pain associated with TMD (Temporomandibular joint dysfunction). What might be interesting to know, is the fact that often people are oblivious to the fact they grind their teeth (they have no symptoms). That’s why a dental examination is so crucial to determine if any signs of Bruxism are present and if any serious damage has already occurred. Without early diagnosis and treatment, patients can sometimes end up needing to have teeth extracted that would have otherwise been able to be saved. If you’re a patient who has symptoms of TMD or signs of Bruxism, you might be a good candidate for an Occlusal splint.
Occlusal splint FAQs
Below are some of the frequently asked questions we receive regarding occlusal splints at Medland Dental.
If you have any other questions please contact our friendly team.
An occlusal splint is a slim hard acrylic guard fitted to the upper jaw and covering the biting surfaces of your upper teeth. It is designed to be worn at night. An occlusal splint will not stop you from grinding or clenching. It does however, guide the jaw into a neutral position which relieves some of the pressure on the jaw joint and very effectively protects your teeth against the destructive forces of bruxism.
The purpose of a splint is to absorb the destructive forces of bruxism and to provide something to wear down other than your teeth. As such your splint will wear down, chip and may eventually break after years of grinding on it. When this occurs, your splint will need to be replaced.
In cases of severe bruxism in addition to an occlusal splint to protect your teeth, treatment by a physiotherapist may be necessary to address any muscular pain and to provide exercises to strengthen and protect your jaw joint. Botulinum toxin injections may also be used as part of an overall management plan for your bruxism and associated pain.
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