The purpose of a biteguard (occlusal guard) is to protect teeth against cracking due to grinding or clenching the teeth. If you experience severe tooth, jaw or facial muscle pain, it may be from the effects of grinding or clenching your teeth.
If you wake up in the morning with a headache or a mild toothache, these could be signs that you are a candidate for a biteguard. Many sufferers of bruxism have no idea because it occurs primarily during sleep.
Although you may not be able to see the damage clenching is doing to your teeth, You may feel the signs. We will be able to confirm if you inappropriately clench your teeth. In addition, if you feel a tightening pain around your gums, it may be another sign that your teeth are loosening from excessive clenching.
The good news is that we can provide you with a custom-made biteguard. This can help offset the pain and even possibly save you from costly damage caused by bruxing or grinding your teeth (better known as bruxism).
As a proactive step to protect your existing healthy teeth, a clear, thin removable device can be custom-made and is worn over your lower or upper teeth as you sleep.
Studies suggest those who grind and clench their teeth may experience up to 80 times the normal tooth wear per day compared to those who do not. The good news is that a simple biteguard (covered by most insurance plans) can offset the effects of this often-subconscious habit while protecting your teeth from daily wear and tear.