Occlusal Splints & Mouth Guards

By: Tysons Dentistry  04/23/2015
Keywords: Mouth Guards, Occlusal Splints

Occasional teeth grinding is very common and experienced by most people at one time or another. For some people, teeth grinding (bruxism) is a chronic problem that can wear down and even destroy their teeth. Dr. Sanati and Dr. Shahram have helped many people with bruxism and understand that the causes can vary widely from person to person. We tailor treatment to fit your specific needs, and we can usually provide the relief you need with a simple, custom-made night guard – also referred to as an occlusal splint. What Causes Teeth Grinding? The result of teeth grinding is different for each person. Studies indicate that almost 70% of bruxism is caused by stress or anxiety that affects you while you sleep, often without your knowledge. Bruxism can also be related to problems with your dental bite. This occurs is when your top and bottom teeth do not meet properly when chewing. Missing or crooked teeth can also lead to teeth grinding and clenching. How Can an Occlusal Splint Help? The term “occlusal” refers to the position of your dental bite. Occlusal splints are a simple, non-invasive tool that we use to reduce teeth grinding and protect teeth from wear and tear. The splint is made using an acrylic resin that is designed to gently reposition the jaw as it moves from front to back and side to side. It is custom-made to fit perfectly over a few teeth or all of your teeth. Are Occlusal Splints Different from Mouth Guards? An occlusal splint has one specific purpose – to alleviate the symptoms and problems associated with teeth grinding. Mouth guards are used to protect the teeth during sports and other physical activities. Dentists estimate that up to 39% of dental injuries occur while playing sports. We highly recommend custom mouth guards for protection if you or your child play soccer, baseball, basketball, or football or engage in non-contact activities like rollerblading and skate boarding. Mouth guards made at Tysons Dentistry are much more effective than “boil and bite” or stock versions. Custom mouth guards are durable, comfortable, and offer the best protection. We create mouth guards using exact impressions of your teeth to ensure a perfect fit that fully protects your teeth. Custom mouth guards that are made to fit your teeth also make breathing and speaking easier.

Keywords: Mouth Guards, Occlusal Splints

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