Occlusal Guards from Houghtaling Dental, Your Battle Creek Dentist
You may benefit from an occlusal guard, or bite splint, if you suffer from bruxism, categorized by clenching and grinding at night. Bruxism can cause headaches, sore teeth, and pain in your jaw. Left untreated, bruxism can cause serious problems such as gum recession, bone loss, tooth sensitivity, and even fractured teeth. Sometimes you may not even be aware of the issue and associate the symptoms with another condition. The good news is that as long as you see your Battle Creek dentist regularly, we can spot the signs before any serious damage is done, and if necessary, prescribe an occlusal guard.
Pressure on the teeth from bruxism can lead to broken, chipped, or cracked teeth. While at first the biting down and grinding may only be a cosmetic issue, left untreated, you can do enough damage to your teeth that can damage your enamel and leave you susceptible to infection. You may also experience jaw pain, misalignment, and/or temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJD) which can cause your jaw to pop and grind. Those with TMJD often suffer from chronic headaches or migraines.
Fortunately, with the help of a custom-fit occlusal guard from Houghtaling Dental, you can prevent the pain and damage associated with bruxism. An occlusal guard is a device you wear at night that fits over your teeth, preventing surface wear while relaxing your jaws. Made with durable, smooth plastic, customized occlusal guards are comfortable to wear and non-invasive. Occlusal guards can prevent further damage and improve quality of life for those with bruxism.
If you wake up with sore teeth or jaws or have noticed a change in the shape of your teeth, do not hesitate to contact Houghtaling Dental in Battle Creek for an evaluation.