It is important to wear a professionally made mouthguard whenever you play sport that involves physical contact or moving objects. This includes: cricket, hockey and football – which can cause broken and damaged teeth;, boxing and rugby – which can all cause broken or dislocated jaws. A mouthguard will help protect against these events.
An Occlusal Splint (also called a bite splint, bite plane, or night guard) is a removable dental appliance carefully moulded to fit the upper or lower arches of teeth worn at night to reduce the amount of grinding pressure transferred to the teeth. It offers relief for the muscles of the jaw and protection of the teeth from wear and breakage.
TMJ stands for the temporomandibular joint, which is located just in front of the ear.
The root of TMJ Disorder isn’t always the same for every person, and there are a number of ways it can be caused. While most people never have any reason to be aware of the TMJ, some people will find that their joint is misaligned. As a result, they can be on the receiving end of painful headaches, amongst a variety of other issues. Just some of these include, an injury, improper posture, grinding or clenching, missing teeth, irregularly shaped teeth. Fillings.
Just as the causes vary, so can the symptoms. Some effects may be, Tension headaches, clicking jaw, jaw lock, tooth pain and sensitivity, earache, back and neck pain, awkward angling of the jaw and misaligned bite.