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What is an Occlusal Guard?

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Do you wake up with jaw pain, sore teeth, and headaches? It may be because you suffer from night time clenching and grinding, also known as bruxism. Many people clench and grind their teeth at night and don’t realize it because the symptoms may be mild or associated with another condition. Generally, with regular dental visits, your dentist should be able to notice signs of bruxism and treat it before it can cause any major damage. One of the ways we treat bruxism at Dr. Kevin Burgdorf, DDS is with an occlusal guard.

Symptoms of Bruxism

  • Fractured teeth – Biting down and grinding puts a lot of pressure on the teeth ...

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What's Grinding away at Your Health?

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Do you wake up in the morning with a headache? You might think it is from not getting a good night’s sleep, or because of some other medical reason, but did you know that a major cause of morning headaches is nighttime teeth clenching and grinding? You might think you don’t grind your teeth because your partner has never reported grinding to you, but clenching is just as common and a silent, but serious concern.

The Issue

If you frequently experience headaches, jaw pain, neck aches, or shoulder pain accompanied by tooth sensitivity or sore teeth, you may suffer from a common condition called bruxism, or excessive clenching and grinding of your ...

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What is Bruxism?

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Bruxism is excessive grinding of your teeth. If you wake up with headaches, neck aches, facial tension, or sensitive teeth, you might be grinding your teeth while you sleep. Many people occasionally grind their teeth and usually it does not cause a problem, but if you grind your teeth on a nightly basis, you could be causing real, irreversible damage.

Who is at Risk?

Certain lifestyle behaviors can worsen your grinding habit. Caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco all increase your chances of being a regular grinder. Other factors such as anxiety, depression, stress, a bad bite (malocclusion), medications, and personality type can all play a part. 

Bruxism is common in adults and children of ...

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What Can We Treat With Occlusal Guards?

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Do you grind your teeth? Clench them? Have migraines?

Does the jaw joint just below your ear (your temporomandibular joint) pop, click, or grate? Do you deal with shooting pains in your neck and shoulder? Does your jaw constantly ache?

These are all examples of conditions and symptoms that can be treated using an occlusal guard (often known as a night guard).

What Causes These Conditions?

If you clench and grind your teeth, you may have a condition known as bruxism. For some people, stress can lead to bruxism; for others, a jaw misalignment (called a malocclusion) causes the uncomfortable clenching and grinding. In time, the force of your jaws clenching and grinding together ...

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