Do you experience soreness in your jaw or teeth in the morning? Or perhaps you have frequent migraine headaches. If so, you may be suffering from bruxism, or teeth clenching and grinding. Thankfully, there is a solution: occlusal guards. A custom fit night guard, or occlusal guard, may be right for you to protect your teeth and prevent further damage.
What Are Occlusal Guards?
Occlusal guards, also sometimes known as night guards or mouth guards, are removable devices to prevent symptoms associated with bruxism. Bruxism is a condition in which you grind or clench your teeth during the and/or at night. Repeated clenching and grinding can lead to jaw disorders, headaches, damaged teeth, and other issues.
While occlusal guards are often sold to be purchased over the counter in pharmacies, these one-size-fits-all options are not ideal, as they are not customized to your unique bite. A customized model will produce optimal results. Custom occlusal guards will perfectly fit your teeth to better prevent the symptoms of bruxism.
Who is A Candidate For An Occlusal Guard?
There are several different reasons someone may need an occlusal guard. You may be a good candidate for this dental device if:
- You clench or grind your teeth while you sleep
- You’re dealing with TMJ dysfunction or face pain due to jaw soreness
- You have jaw pain because of teeth clenching and grinding
- You have a headache upon waking up due to teeth-grinding
- The enamel on your teeth has become worn due to grinding
- You have chipped or broken teeth due to bruxism
- Bruxism is impacting your ability to achieve restful sleep
How to Properly Use and Care for an Occlusal Guard
Occlusal guards are meant to be worn every night to prevent teeth clenching and grinding. It is important to properly clean your night guard, as it can collect bacteria from your mouth. Our team will provide you with instructions on how to properly care for your guard and ensure optimal oral health. With proper care, your custom-made occlusal guard can last for several years.
Schedule A Consultation Today
If you are experiencing symptoms associated with bruxism, our team at Life-Centered Dentistry will create a custom-fit occlusal guard for you to prevent tooth damage. To schedule a consultation today, call our Grand Rapids, MI dental office at 616.344.5079 or use our online contact form.