What is Bruxism?
Bruxism is a condition involving the grinding, gnashing or clenching of teeth. This clenching of teeth may be unconscious during the day, or you may clench or grind your teeth while sleeping, also known as sleep bruxism.
Sleep Bruxism can accompany or lead to other sleep disorders like snoring and sleep apnea.
While mild bruxism may not require treatment, extreme cases, if left untreated can lead to jaw disorders, headaches, damaged teeth and a host of other physical issues.
What is a bruxism splint?
A bruxism splint is a horseshoe shaped appliance fabricated out of acrylic that is custom made to fit your teeth. This device is useful for patients with habits such as grinding, clenching their teeth at night, and other joint related disorders.
How do bruxism splints work?
Bruxism splints are devices that fit the upper teeth, but occasionally they can fit the lower. They reduce the discomfort associated with jaw joint disorders (TMJ). Splints aid in muscle relaxation and reduce the further wear upon the dentition.
I grind my teeth sometimes, do I need a splint?
A splint protects your teeth and joint structures from the forces of grinding or clenching. Chipping or fracture of the tooth and muscle spasms may result from these abnormal forces generated while you sleep. Some signs of grinding at night include tightness or soreness in your jaw muscles, pain in your jaw joint, or headaches when you wake.