Bruxism is excessive clenching or grinding of teeth that is not part of normal chewing. It can lead to accelerated wear on teeth and may cause permanent damage to the teeth and temporomandibular joints (TMJ). A combination of both physical and psychological factors contribute to bruxism.
An occlusal splint or night guard is a custom made acrylic removable appliance designed to carefully fit over the upper or lower teeth. It is used frequently in treatment of patients with bruxism, TMJ disorders, and related diseases such as tension headache and neck pain.
Splints provide a safe, easy, and cost effective way to prevent further wear and damage to teeth and TMJ.
Your dental professional at Greenway Dental will be happy to provide advice on bruxism, splints, and night guards