Splints & Mouth Guards Sunshine Coast
Periods of stress, and even some medications, can cause people to grind their teeth at night. When this occurs, the jaws produce up to 30 times the bite force of chewing, and this can result in cracked, chipped cusps on the back teeth or worn down chipped front teeth. If you suffer from teeth grinding or clenching (bruxism), our dentist may prescribe a occlusal splint to help you manage the problem. Splints are custom made and fit over either the upper or lower teeth, preventing the upper and lower teeth from touching and absorbing the impact of the grinding or clenching. Worn while sleeping or during stressful periods in the day, splints protect your teeth from wearing down and help reduce enamel damage, jaw joint inflammation, and gum irritation. There are also lifestyle changes and things you can do at home that might negate the need to have an occlusal splint made.
The Australian Dental Association (ADA) recommends anyone who participates in a sport that carries a risk of contact to the face should wear a professional “custom fit mouth-guard” to prevent dental injuries from occurring or reducing the severity of them.
A good mouth-guard should be of sufficient thickness in the correct areas, resilient, well retained, comfortable, and should not interfere with speaking and breathing.
Your custom fit mouthguard will be comfortable, provide you with maximum protection and could save you from extensive dental treatment, concussion and jaw injuries. A variety of colors and patterns are available for you to choose from.