Teeth Grinding Bite Splints

You may not know it, but you could be grinding your teeth during the night and putting your oral health at risk.

What is a Bite Splint?

A bite splint is a custom made appliance that fits over your upper teeth. It is designed to prevent bruxism, that is the excessive clenching and grinding of teeth that is not part of normal chewing movements. This is often a nocturnal habit, but may also occur during the day.

Do I need a Bite Splint?

The most common reason our patients require a bite splint is to prevent or help manage bruxism. Using a mouth splint will protect your teeth from not only grinding but also clenching.

How do you use a Bite Splint?

Dental bite splints are made up of mouth guards and bite plates. The splints are typically custom-made by your dentist this allows for the perfect fit and comfortable feel. The splint is made from clear plastic and will fit between and over your lower and upper teeth.

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Advantages and Disadvantages

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What are the effects of teeth grinding (bruxism)?

Teeth grinding can lead to a variety of side effects including:

  • Facial pain
  • Worn-down teeth
  • Headaches
  • Earaches
  • Pain and stiffness in the lower jaw
  • Sleep disruptions
  • Broken teeth or fillings
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How Do Bite Splints Work?

Bite splints have a smooth interior surface that lines the gums and teeth. On the outside, they have a tough, wear-resistant exterior. The splint is worn at night time and will aim to alleviate the effects of tooth wear and trauma by acting as a protective medium between the upper and lower teeth.

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    FAQ's in Relation to Bite Splints

    Your dentist will examine your teeth and either take impressions (moulds of your teeth) or a 3D computer scan. At a follow-up appointment, you will be fitted with your new bite splint and it will be adjusted to match your bite exactly.
     
    Future appointments may be needed to review your symptoms.

    Bite splints are suggested to patients for a variety of reasons and, with proper use, can help:

    • Protect your teeth, porcelain veneers, and other dental appliances
    • Reduce teeth clenching and grinding
    • Allow the jaw muscles to rest
    • Adjust the position of the jaw joint
    • Improve airway space
    • Provide helpful diagnostic information regarding joint issues

    Cleaning and maintaining a bite splint can be done with minimal time and effort. All you need is a basic toothbrush.

    With the right maintenance and care, most bite splints can remain in proper working condition for up to two years. This depends on the extent of wear of your teeth and how severe your bruxism habit is.

    Please feel free to contact our experienced team at Chelmsford Dental for additional information or to set up a consultation to discuss any questions you have on bite splints.