Are you aware of what your jaws may be doing at night?
Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, can cause severe damage to your teeth. Most patients aren’t aware of their grinding habits. The majority of grinders clench and gnash their teeth unconsciously, while sleeping or while concentrating. Have you caught yourself clenching your jaw tightly, or woken to a headache? There’s a chance that you’re grinding much more often than you realize, and treatment is crucial.
If bruxism is left unchecked, it may lead to gum recession, chipped or broken teeth, worn teeth, enamel loss, tooth sensitivity, potential TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder), and even loss of an entire tooth. Fortunately, the solution is simple: visit Cherry Creek Dentistry for an occlusal guard.
What is an Occlusal Guard?
Occlusal means “bite-related,” and an occlusal guard is a mouth guard custom fitted to your mouth to restrict its grinding or clenching movements while you sleep. Occlusal guards may be worn nightly or at other specific times of day. They may be built to simply protect tooth surfaces, or to keep your lower jaw from moving in a way that is harmful to your other teeth. By reducing muscle strain, occlusal guards allow your TMJ (temporomandibular joint) to relax, and your jaws to bite and chew appropriately. Occlusal guards will reduce bruxism-related discomfort and protect your teeth.
Different types of occlusal guards are appropriate for different occlusions, severities of bruxism, and personal preferences. Eliminate grinding from your life to enjoy reduced head pain, preserved tooth structure, and comfortable sleep. Contact our office to determine whether you have been grinding your teeth and which occlusal guard could resolve your problem.
Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI)