Also known as a night guard or a bite splint, an occlusal splint is designed to stop habitual clenching and grinding from damaging your teeth.

Occlusal splints are removable, custom fitted guards for your teeth. They help to keep your teeth healthy by stopping the two adjacent arches from pushing against each other.

Patients who suffer from grinding or clenching problems are often unaware of the condition. Generally this is because the patient is grinding or clenching their teeth during their sleep. Also known as bruxism, night grinding can cause a number of concerning symptoms for the patient.

Patients who require an occlusal splint may be suffering from one or more of the following symptoms:

• Worn tooth enamel
• Fractured, chipped or loose teeth
• Headaches originating from the temples
• Earaches that are not associated with the ears
• Damaged tissues on the inside of cheeks
• Noisy grinding sounds at night
• Increased tooth sensitivity
• Jaw pain or soreness
• Tight jaw muscles

If you have noticed any of the above symptoms, there is a possibility that you could be suffering from night grinding and are in need of an occlusal splint to help preserve your tooth structure.


Why am I clenching my jaw or grinding my teeth?

There are a number or reasons why you may be clenching or grinding in your sleep. Although there is no conclusive single cause behind the condition, here are a few physical and psychological factors that could contribute to grinding and clenching:

• Emotional factors

If a patient is undergoing a particularly stressful period in their life, bruxism could be a symptom. Other emotional factors such as anxiety, anger, frustration or tension can also lead to grinding and clenching tendencies.

• Behavioural factors

Personality traits could also be considered something that contributes to night clenching or grinding disorders. Some doctors and dentists speculate that people who are particularly competitive, hyperactive or aggressive may be more inclined to have bruxism.

• Bite or jaw alignment

Patients who have a malocclusion of the upper or lower arch may be in need of an occlusal splint to help project their teeth. During your consultation at Geoffrey Deep Dental, we will assess your bite and jaw alignment to determine if orthodontic treatment may be more appropriate for your condition.

Do you need an occlusal splint?

There are a number of other factors that could be causing you to grind or clench your teeth at night. However finding the cause behind bruxism isn’t always a simple matter.

Here at Geoffrey Deep Dental, we have found that many patients have been clenching and grinding their teeth without proper diagnosis for a number of years before being treated with an occlusal splint. In other cases, patients have come in for a check-up and found that their teeth have suddenly been damaged as a result of grinding due to stress or a sudden triggering factor.

Find out more about occlusal splints at Geoffrey Deep Dental on Logan Rd in Holland Park

Here at Geoffrey Deeb Dental, we take special care in assessing the causes and symptoms behind grinding and clenching habits. Book a consultation with our fantastic team and find out how we can help you get a good night’s sleep and restore your smile today.