An Occlusal splint is often prescribed for night-time use to reduce the wear and tear on teeth when serious clenching problems can take place. Occlusal guards are removable devices that fit over the teeth and are used to help prevent the wearing down of teeth during sleep due to night-time grinding and clenching. Sometimes these guards are also worn during the day if the patient’s problems are more serious than just the average teeth grinding problems.
With GlamSmile it is vital to wear your occlusal splint when you sleep for the following reasons:
– Your teeth can move.
– If you grind your teeth at night you can chip or break a veneer, so we supply and advise all our patients to wear their splint at night.
– By wearing an occlusal splint you protect your veneers from breaking, and therefore saving you additional costs.
– The occlusal splint keeps your lower teeth straight as well, which is an added bonus.
Sean will take impressions for an Occlusal splint at your first appointment and may make it on the premises so that you can wear it while your veneers are being prepared. This happens in particular when there are at least 3 months before we fit the veneers due to timing or traveling and we do not want the teeth to move during this time. Once your veneers are fitted, Sean will then make you another splint for your lower teeth to sleep with at night. At this point I have to say that your pets LOVE to eat and chew splints, and if you are not careful they will be eating your splint, so please make sure you keep them safe from your fur babies.
How much does an occlusal splint cost?
Your dentist has recommended a custom dental guard (also called an occlusal splint), but at what price? You are looking at about $500 for the Occlusal splint which is made by a dentist or a dental technician and cannot be replaced by the ones bought online or from the pharmacy. There are so many different reasons for wearing an occlusal splint, mouth guard or protective tray. Take advise from your dentist and sleep well at night.
At SmileOn Perth, we provide all of our GlamSmile patients with one of the above splints at no charge.