If you’re looking at dental mouthguards to prevent damage from grinding your teeth, you’re after an occlusal splint. These are very similar to mouthguards.
What are dental mouthguards for?
Dental mouthguards work to prevent injuries while you’re playing sport, or completing a different activity that poses a risk to your mouth, face, or jaw. Dental mouthguards offer better safety and security for your mouth and teeth than regular, over the counter mouth guards. These are professionally moulded to your mouth and sit tightly and comfortably over your teeth and gums.
What is an occlusal splint? What is it for?
An occlusal splint is similar to a dental mouthguard, however these are designed to protect your teeth from clenching or grinding while you sleep. It’s a slim, hard acrylic guard fitted to your upper jaw that covers the biting surfaces of your upper teeth.
Grinding or clenching your teeth can lead to worn, cracked, or damaged teeth that require restoration. It can also cause you to wake up with a sore neck, jaw, or with a headache. An occlusal splint can be worth the initial spend to protect your teeth against more costly, restorative dental procedures.
How much do dental mouthguards cost?
These will vary in price and whether or not you’re entitled to a rebate from your health fund.
How long will dental mouthguards last?
Depending on the frequency of use and care taken, a dental mouthguard can last anywhere from six months to five years.