Occlusal guards and bite splints fit over the teeth to combat bruxism and to relieve the pain caused by tooth clenching and grinding. If you are experiencing unexplained jaw pain, tooth pain, and headaches, especially when you wake up in the morning, we may recommend a guard or splint.
When left unaddressed, bruxism and jaw clenching can lead to your teeth wearing away. This can eventually lead to fractured teeth or even tooth loss. Both of these are painful and expensive conditions to treat.
Occlusal Guards work to relax the jaw, which cuts down on grinding and prevents future tooth and jaw problems from forming. Bite splints focus less on the jaw and instead work to specifically keep your teeth from grinding. Both will help with bruxism and can prevent further damage to your mouth.
If you are suffering from mouth or jaw pain and think it could be related to bruxism or jaw clenching, contact our office today. We can create a custom splint or guard that molds specifically to your mouth and will alleviate your pain.