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Grinding splint for healthier teeth

Your dentist can do a lot to prevent teeth grinding

Teeth grinding doesn't just cause restless sleep for you and your partner. It also gradually destroys the tooth substance. The smilin'' dental practice in Rheinfelden can mitigate the worst consequences with a customized grinding splint. We are also happy to help you tackle the underlying cause of teeth grinding.

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    How bruxism damages (dental) health

    Unintentional teeth grinding (technical term: bruxism) usually occurs at night. It is estimated that 5 to 6 percent of adults are affected. Teeth grinding is still normal in children up to the age of 6. It is used to grind in the milk teeth that have just emerged. Late teeth grinding is also unhealthy for young patients.

    • During nocturnal bruxism, the jaws grind violently against each other with enormous pressure of up to 70 kilograms.

    • The enamel is damaged and grooves appear - first on the canines, then on the front teeth and molars.

    • The injuries are gateways for caries and periodontitis pathogens.

    • Tooth grinding can cause fillings to be levered out and ceramic crowns to break off.

    • The jaw and chewing muscles are usually severely affected.

    A grinding splint (also known as an occlusal splint, bite splint or crunching splint) can provide immediate help against the impairment of dental health. But sufferers also suffer in other ways: teeth grinders and their bedfellows cannot sleep at night, and during the day headaches and neck pain testify to the nightly grinding of the jaws. Reasons enough to take a holistic approach to the condition.

    If you only suspect that you suffer from night-time teeth grinding, please look out for the following unmistakable signs:

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    Unmistakable signs

    • Aching chewing muscles (sore muscles)

    • Jaw cracking when opening and closing the mouth

    • Hardening of the muscles towards the temporomandibular joints

    At the smilin'' dental practice, we will examine you thoroughly and can tell you whether your suspicions are justified. Of course, we will also draw your attention to any indications of teeth grinding during check-ups.

    If the worst comes to the worst, we can customize a grinding splint for you. This type of grinding splint is made of transparent plastic and is placed on the teeth of the lower jaw at night.

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    The custom-fit bite splint helps immediately

    The grinding splint considerably reduces the pressure on the chewing surfaces. It can also compensate for an asymmetrical position of the jaw halves. This is often partly responsible for teeth grinding. The jaw muscles are also relieved by the grinding splint or occlusal splint. For those affected, a custom-fit grinding splint usually means enormous relief. The noise nuisance that can cause your partner problems falling asleep is also significantly reduced.

    However, the deeper cause of teeth grinding during sleep is not eliminated by the occlusal splint. For a lasting improvement in your health, you should track down the reason.

    Teeth grinding can have very different causes. As long as they persist, the crunching tendency remains. Among other things, the following can be responsible

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    In addition to the crunch splint: tackle the cause

    • Stress at work

    • Private worries and other psychological stresses

    • Misalignment of the teeth

    • Fillings, bridges or crowns that are too high

    • Side effects of medication

    • stimulants such as alcohol or caffeine

    For the dentists at smilin'', there is much more to bruxism treatment than just fitting the occlusal splint. With all their experience, they can also help you to identify possible causes of teeth grinding. Sometimes the reasons lie in the teeth themselves. Smoothing out troublesome fillings or fitting dentures can then eliminate teeth grinding and make a grinding splint superfluous.

    However, our dentists can also tell you when it is advisable to seek the support of a general practitioner - or to seek help elsewhere.

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    We will be happy to advise you on the topic of crunch splints

    If you may suffer from teeth grinding and a bite splint is an option for you, we will be happy to examine and advise you. Please simply contact us by telephone or e-mail .

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    Benefit from our additional services

    In addition to high-quality dentistry, we offer a comprehensive range of services on request to make your visit to us as pleasant as possible.

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      for fast fabrication of precise dental prostheses in 2 hours.

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    If you are interested in our dental health services, we will be happy to advise you: The smilin'' dental practice near Lörrach, Weil am Rhein and Basel awaits you. Please simply arrange your personal appointment by telephone or via our online appointment booking tool!

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