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4 High Street, Lenham, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 2QD

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At Lenham Dental, we aim to help you obtain and maintain a healthy smile, as well as prevent tooth wear and problems associated with TMJ dysfunction caused by excessive teeth grinding.

What is a Michigan splint?

A Michigan splint is a type of mouthguard that covers your upper or lower teeth to protect them from fracture and adverse effects of bruxism. This oral appliance is made of thick material and is commonly used to defend your teeth from damage caused by bad habits such as tooth grinding.

What is bruxism?

Bruxism is the bad (yet mostly unconscious) habit of clenching and grinding your teeth. It may be caused by stress, nervousness and anxiety. This condition can affect people at any age and cause tooth wear, severe fracture and heavy pressure on the temporomandibular joint.

How can a Michigan splint help?

Michigan splint is a custom-made prosthesis that is designed to fit over your teeth safely and efficiently. Its thickness provides some space between your teeth, lengthening and relaxing your facial muscles to decrease the ability to contract. Ideally, a Michigan splint reduces the tension in your jaw, resulting in the prevention of tooth wear and temporomandibular joint dysfunction.

Benefits of a Michigan splint

  • May eliminate habitual tooth grinding and clenching during your sleep
  • Relaxation of facial muscles and tension
  • May help you prevent tooth wear problems
  • May prevent TMJ (temporomandibular joint) dysfunction

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Opening Hours

Monday: 08.45-17.30

Tuesday: 08.45-17.30

Wednesday: 08.45-17.30

Thursday: 08.45-17.30

Friday: 08.45-17.30

Saturday: by appointment only

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