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Occlusal Splints

18th November 2015

Occlusal splints are also called bite guards or mouthguards for temporo-mandibular disorders (TMD), bruxism, or clenching.

Reasons For Occlusal Splints?

The purpose of splint therapy is to allow your lower and upper jaw to come together without tooth contact, thereby reducing muscle pain and tooth wear.

What Does An Occlusal Splint Accomplish?

Habitual night-time grinders are able to apply as much as ten times the normal amount of force used for normal chewing.

This results in accelerated tooth wear and shortening of the teeth.

Occlusal splints help to allow the jaw to return to a comfortable hinge position without interference and protects the teeth from heavy wear forces. They also assist in establishing normal jaw function.

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