An occlusal splint is a device custom fabricated for patients who suffer from bruxism, or night-time teeth grinding. Prolonged grinding can lead to a number of problems such as pain, headaches, stiffness of the jaw, tooth wear by abrasion, and temporo-mandibular joint disorders.
Made using inert, biocompatible acrylic resin, an occlusal splint promotes normal movement of the TMJ, and prevents tooth wear by covering the crowns. Patients are encouraged to wear the splints before sleeping each night till the problem resolves spontaneously, or following a complete dental work-up of the underlying cause of bruxism.
The splint is made with the help of the patient’s impressions, and an articulator in order to mimic the normal movements of the temporo-mandibular joint. Once fabricated, it is fitted on to the crowns of the teeth in each arch like a plate. The plate may have to be adjusted to ensure proper contacts between the teeth.
Learn more about the causes of night-time teeth grinding and the management of this problem by consulting our team of experts at Baucum Family Dentistry today!
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