Many people grind their teeth while they sleep and they have no realization of the fact that they have this night time habit. Night time teeth grinding can cause premature wear and tear of teeth and fillings as well as cause your teeth to fracture. Flattening and chipping of front teeth can also occur due to this.

Occlusal Splints and Night Guards

Occlusal Splints and Night Guards

An occlusal splint and night guard may be prescribed for this condition. This is an acrylic appliance to be worn at bedtime that fits over the biting surface of your teeth and prevents further damage from this destructive habit. You can also protect your smile and cosmetic dentistry with this splint.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Worn out teeth.
  • Increased tooth pain or sensitivity.
  • Tight or tired jaw muscles.
  • Jaw or neck pain.
  • Dull headache which begins in temples.
  • Loose, flattened, chipped or fractured teeth.

How Can Our Solutions Help You?

An occlusal splint and night guard may be prescribed for this condition. This is an acrylic appliance to be worn at bedtime that fits over the biting surface of your teeth and prevents further damage from this destructive habit. You can also protect your smile and cosmetic dentistry with this splint.

Based on your diagnosis, we customize occlusal splint or night guard to help protect your teeth from the effects of grinding. Our splints or night guards help you in the following ways:

  • Custom made to fit perfectly and comfortably over your teeth.
  • Prevents your teeth from taking the pressure.
  • Is a form of non-invasive and reversible treatment.
  • Helps resolves some TMD without the need for an extensive surgery.

If you too think you are suffering from Bruxism, and are looking for effective dental splints or night guards, visit us at our dental clinic in Fresno, CA. Our dental experts will help you find the perfect solutions which are comfortable and affordable. Schedule an appointment today.

FAQs

Bruxism, also known as tooth grinding is a medical condition that causes unconscious clenching of the jaw while you are asleep.

Teeth grinding is caused by hyperactive muscles, stress or anxiety and it generally occurs during sleep. Missing or crooked teeth, an abnormal bite and sleep apnea (a sleep disorder) are also likely to cause teeth grinding.

Due to teeth grinding, the enamel tends to wear down,resulting in broken, chipped teeth and increased sensitivity.

Common symptoms of bruxism include teeth grinding, headache, cracked and chipped teeth, and jaw pain.

Yes, night guards are effective because they are specifically designed to protect your teeth from wearing and to reduce grinding while you are asleep.

The night guard that you get from your dentist is customized to your mouth’s structure for maximum comfort, perfect fitand effectiveness in comparison to over-the-counter alternatives.

Bruxism can be detected during regular dental visits.To assess the level of bruxism,the dentist checks for signs of dental abnormalities, broken or chipped teeth, tenderness in jaw muscles, and other damage to your teeth and underlying bones using dental X-rays.

The long-term implications of teeth grinding include teeth loss and Temporomandibulardisorder so it is best to seek dental help right when the symptoms occur.

Teeth grinding happens unconsciously while you are asleep and so you cannot stop it. This is why it is important to consult your dentist and get a mouth guard for teeth grinding to prevent further damage to your teeth.