What are occlusal guards used for?
Occlusal guards, also known as night guards, can be used to treat a range of dental and health conditions depending on the style of the guard.
One common use for occlusal guards is the treatment of bruxism, or clenching and grinding of the teeth. Different styles may be used to achieve relief with some pulling your jaw forward slightly so that your back teeth don’t touch, and others fitting between your teeth to keep the surfaces from touching. Both types protect your teeth from the damage caused by clenching and grinding and relieve the tension on your jaw muscles.
The Dangers Of TMJ
Clenching and grinding may lead to temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), a condition affecting the joint where your lower jaw meets your skull. The appliance relieves tension on the joint, reducing inflammation and pain.
Both bruxism and TMJ can also be triggers for migraines, so wearing an occlusal guard can also provide relief from this chronic and painful type of headache, reducing both the frequency and intensity.
At Dr. Burgdorf’s Bridgeton dental office, we provide customized occlusal guards, made to fit your mouth and treat your condition. Call us to schedule your evaluation today and get the relief you deserve.