Occlusal Splints

Occlusal splints, also known as dental splints or night guards, are custom-made devices that fit over your teeth to protect them from damage caused by bruxism or teeth grinding. At Mildura Family Dental, we offer occlusal splints as a treatment option to help relieve the symptoms associated with bruxism and protect your teeth from further damage.

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Bruxism is a common condition that affects many people, causing them to clench or grind their teeth, often during sleep. Over time, this can cause significant damage to teeth, including cracks, chips, and wear, as well as jaw pain, headaches, and other symptoms. If left untreated, bruxism can lead to more serious dental problems, such as gum recession, tooth loss, and even jaw disorders.

Occlusal splints work by providing a protective barrier between your upper and lower teeth, reducing the pressure and friction caused by grinding or clenching. They can also help to alleviate the strain on your muscles, reducing discomfort and pain.

Frequently Asked Questions

Occlusal splints, also known as dental splints or night guards, are custom-made devices that fit over your teeth to protect them from damage caused by bruxism or teeth grinding.

Bruxism is a condition characterized by clenching or grinding of teeth, often during sleep. Over time, this can cause significant damage to teeth, including cracks, chips, and wear, as well as jaw pain, headaches, and other symptoms.

Occlusal splints work by providing a protective barrier between your upper and lower teeth, reducing the pressure and friction caused by grinding or clenching. They can also help to reposition your jaw and alleviate the strain on your muscles, reducing discomfort and pain.

Occlusal splints are custom-made to fit your teeth and mouth. Your dentist will take impressions of your teeth and use those to create a mold for the splint. Once the splint is made, your dentist will check the fit and make any necessary adjustments.

The process of getting an occlusal splint typically involves two appointments. The first appointment is for impressions, and the second appointment is for fitting the splint. The entire process typically takes about 2-3 weeks.

The lifespan of occlusal splints depends on several factors, including the material used, the severity of your bruxism, and how well you take care of the splint. On average, they can last up to 5 years, but may need to be replaced sooner if they become worn or damaged.

While occlusal splints are typically worn at night to prevent damage from bruxism during sleep, they can also be worn during the day if necessary. Your dentist will provide guidance on how and when to wear your splint for maximum effectiveness.

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At Mildura Family Dental, our experienced team of dental professionals will work with you to create a custom-fit occlusal splint that is comfortable, effective, and easy to wear. We will take impressions of your teeth to ensure a precise fit, and we can adjust the splint as needed to ensure optimal comfort and protection.

If you are experiencing symptoms of bruxism or have been diagnosed with the condition, an occlusal splint may be an effective treatment option for you. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and learn more about how we can help protect your teeth and improve your oral health with an occlusal splint.

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