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Occlusal Splints and Mouthguards
in Docklands

An occlusal splint, commonly known as a nightguard, is a plastic device that protects your teeth, jaw joints (TMJ) and soft tissues from the damage caused by grinding or clenching. Grinding or clenching can happen during the day or at night due to various stresses in our lives. Pinnacle Dental offers custom protective splints to prevent undue wear to your teeth, TMJ and dental work.

Why Do I Need a Nightguard?

Your nightguard is a clear splint, usually worn on the top teeth or sometimes the bottom teeth at night when you’re sleeping. It’s particularly beneficial for people who suffer from parafunctional night activity or bruxism, where they clench and grind their teeth back and forth while sleeping. Bruxism is a common condition and can cause damage to teeth, joints and soft tissues. Over time, teeth can crack or chip, and joints in the jaw can become tender or painful, leading to clicking or joint pain.

While grinding or clenching our teeth, we also tend to suck our cheeks and tongue, causing callouses or ulcers. A nightguard doesn’t prevent grinding, but it provides protection to your teeth, joints, as well as soft tissues. Wearing a nightguard minimises the chances of teeth breaking down or splitting.

How Are Occlusal Splints Made?

Mouthguards come in different materials, usually with a softer inner layer and a harder outer layer. We will take a mould or scan of your teeth for our lab; your guard will be available within a few days.

A durable nightguard usually lasts between 5 and 10 years.

Contact Us Today

If you experience teeth grinding, TMJ pain, frequent headaches, or have worn teeth, you may be clenching your teeth at night and not know it. Contact us to reserve a short exam to learn more about our protective nightguards.


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Occlusal Splints and Mouthguards in Docklands, Melbourne VIC | (03) 9052 4422