Bite Splints and Mouthguards in City of London
Demanding busy lives, and stress from work can impact our teeth, causing tooth wear and sometimes discomfort. We are familiar with the signs and make a bite splint for people who suffer with grinding or clenching of their teeth. Worn overnight, the bite guard will protect your teeth.
If you are concerned that you might be suffering with any of these symptoms, please discuss with on of the Smile Hub team. We routinely check this as part of the Total Oral Health Screening.
The price of the custom fit bite splint is from £375.
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Bite Splints FAQs
The Effects of Tooth Grinding
People who grind their teeth are affected in many ways. Some experience short term side effects, whilst others can be subject to more long-term issues. These individuals will often require a dentist’s intervention. Tooth grinding is also called Bruxism. Most people grind their teeth subconsciously in their sleep.
Short-term effects of Bruxism
• Headaches and migraines - People who clench and grind their teeth are 3 times more likely to suffer with regular headaches or migraines and especially in the mornings.
• Facial myalgia (aching jaw & facial muscles)
• Ear ache, tinnitus and sinus pain
• Stiff neck and shoulders
• Poor sleep quality
Long-term effects of Bruxism
• A significant risk of fracturing teeth and fillings
• Excessive facial muscle tone
• Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (sometimes called TMJD)
• Significant tooth wear and tooth loss
• Migraines and headaches
• Tooth mobility and tooth loss
• Receding gums
• Tongue scalloping
Tooth wear and broken teeth
Your teeth should last you a lifetime and not be worn flat. However Bruxism is a destructive condition that can cause you to wear the enamel off the biting surfaces of your teeth. Normal chewing and eating does not cause the same level of wear or damage to your teeth as the forces involved are much less.
If you suffer from Bruxism you are putting your teeth and gums under significant amounts of pressure. During sleep there is no feedback mechanism to tell your brain that your teeth are being damaged by the pressure, hence we can put up to 20 times the amount of pressure on our teeth whilst we sleep.
The most common sign of Bruxism is shortened front teeth (Incisal wear), in more severe cases we see signs such as cracks in enamel, abfractions (enamel loss at gum level), gum recession, bony exocytosis, broken cusps of molar teeth and damage to restorations, crowns & bridges.
Most Common Types of Dental Splints
Occlusal splints are generally designed to act as a mechanical separation of the teeth.
• SCi - mini splint that fits over the front teeth
• Michigan or Tanner stabilisation splints - full arch splints
Sleep Clench Inhibitor Splint
This mini splint is the most clinically effective FDA approved treatment for TMD, bruxism, and medically diagnosed migraines. These small splints fit over your front teeth only (either top or bottom) and prevent you from being able to clench your teeth together. This protects your teeth from wear as well as reducing the hyperactivity in your muscles and joints.
Michigan or Tanner Splints
These traditional splints are made to fit over either your top or bottom teeth. They are a flat planed splint to provide a surface for you to bite down on at both the back and front of your mouth.
Depending on your symptoms your Dentist would need to assess what kind of splint would best suit your needs. This is dependent on the type of wear, presence of any discomfort as well as the way your teeth bite together.
Both splints require two appointments to take the necessary bite records to construct and fit your splint. You may require follow up appointments to adjust your splint once you have started wearing it. All splints have a 12 month warranty.