Occlusal Splints

An Occlusal splint is an appliance worn at night to help balance the pressure placed on the teeth and jaw of patients who grind or clench their teeth. A Splint assists in dealing with Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorders as well as aiding in the long term protection of teeth and restorations from wear and tear.

The TMJ is the point where the jaw opens and closes. The symptoms of TMJ disorder can vary from patient to patient and in some instances may be only mild but can include headaches, migraines, neck and back pain, dizziness, popping or clicking jaw joints, earache or pain when opening and closing your jaw.

An Occlusal splint suitable for the individuals needs will be designed, allowing the jaw muscles to relax taking the pressure off individual teeth.

Extensive time is taken with each patient, advising on how best to manage their symptoms. In some cases referral to other specialists is required.