Grinding Splints (Night Guards)

If you are frequently waking up with a sore jaw, a dull headache or tooth pain, you may be suffering from a condition called bruxism or teeth grinding. Come in and see a dentist at Brisbane dental clinic to discuss what options would suit you best. Everyone grinds their teeth, but the amount of grinding or clenching of teeth varies from person to person and day to day. In general when we are stressed, we tend to grind or clench or teeth.

There are several ways to alleviate the effects of bruxism. One of the most common, is a custom nightguard or splint. This is an appliance typically worn while sleeping through the night. A custom made nightguard is always better than a store bought one since, the custom nightguard is made of a higher quality and is specifically made for yours and only your mouth. The fit is critical in maintaining a balanced bite in order to prevent other occlusal issues. This is generally a more expensive device than one purchased over-the-counter, but can be more comfortable to wear.

The splint or night guard’s main function is to prevent the surfaces of your teeth from grinding together, causing you to chip and crack your teeth and strain your jaw muscles.