If we recommended an occlusal guard, you might wonder what that even means. In most cases, an occlusal guard is similar to a nightguard, or splint, and we usually recommend that patients wear them at night to protect their teeth or help their jaws relax. In some cases, however, patients can benefit from daytime use.
Why We Recommend Occlusal Guards
If you suffer from painful jaw joints due to TMD (jaw joint dysfunction) or due to bruxism (clenching and grinding your teeth), an occlusal guard provides relief – often within a week of starting use.
At Family Dentistry of Royal Oak, we create custom occlusal guards that fit comfortably and provide relief for our patients. You might be a candidate for oral appliance therapy if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Headaches or migraines
- Sensitive teeth
- Worn or chipped teeth
- Jaw pain or swelling
- Facial pain
- Head, neck, or shoulder pain
- Ringing in the ears
- Clicking or locking jaw joints
- Fatigue or not sleeping well
We create occlusal guards in our Royal Oak Dental office by taking an impression of your teeth and a bite registration to determine how your teeth come together. An occlusal guard does more than just create a barrier between your upper and lower teeth. By adjusting the surface of the occlusal guard, we can actually help your jaw glide gently into alignment, relieving inflammation and pain associated with jaw disorders.
When your jaw muscles relax, it reduces headaches, neck pain, and shoulder pain. It can even help you get a better night’s sleep by taking the pressure off your teeth if you suffer from nighttime bruxism.
Occlusal Guards Royal Oak MI
We may need to make occasional adjustments to your occlusal guard as it can sustain wear and damage over time. Bring it with you to your appointment so that we can make sure it is still doing its job. Call us today to schedule an appointment!