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Teeth grinding and clenching - Given Smile Paddington

Teeth grinding (Bruxism)

Also known as bruxism, teeth grinding and clenching is a very common disorder that’s thought to affect up to half of the Australian adults. If left untreated, severe bruxism can cause chipped, cracked, severely worn teeth, and constant headaches and pain in your jaw or neck. Potential causes of bruxism include stress, disturbed sleep, some medications, or a misalignment in your bite (called a malocclusion).

To prevent further damage to your teeth, we can provide you with a custom-made bite splint to wear anytime during the day or night, even when you are at work. Resembling a sports mouthguard but not as bulky, these night splints work by balancing your bite and spreading out the immense clenching pressure of your jaw, creating a physical barrier between your upper and lower teeth.

A dentist-made occlusal splint (or Michigan splint) can protect your teeth from bruxism damage for years because it’s precisely designed for your mouth.

Health Fund Rebates

If you’re a health fund member, you can claim your fund rebate directly via HICAPS at Given Smile. You’ll pay only the applicable gap for your dental services. Most health funds are accessible through HICAPS.

Seniors, DVA & Medicare CDBS patients

Our dentists have approval to treat Department of Veterans’ Affairs patients at our practice. We welcome senior patients. We look forward to helping you maintain your oral health in our comfortable practice.


Your children may be eligible under the Medicare Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) which covers most dental services. This scheme provides up to $1,000 of benefits per child over 2 calendar years, for eligible kids between 2 and 17 years of age. For further information about your child’s eligibility, please visit the CDBS website.

Given Smile - Payment options

Your payment options

Payment for your dental treatment is required at the completion of each visit. For your convenience, at Given Smile we offer you a choice of EFTPOS, Credit Card (excluding Diners), cash or cheque payment options. We also accept American Express cards (no surcharge).

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