What Is An Occlusal Guard And Why Did We Recommend It?

What Is An Occlusal Guard And Why Did We Recommend It?

Has the dentist recommended you occlusal guard? Are you wondering what an occlusal guard is? The occlusal guard in most of the cases is just like a night guard. The moldable mouth guard is usually recommended to wear at night for protecting the teeth and helping the jaws in relaxing. In some rare cases, the patients can also benefit from wearing occlusal guard during daytime.

Why Are Occlusal Guards Recommended?

If you are suffering from painful jaw joints because of TMD or Bruxism i.e. grinding and clenching of teeth, an occlusal guard offers relief and that too within a week of starting the use.

The dentist creates customized occlusal guards which can comfortably fit in mouth and offer relief to the patients. You can be eligible for getting dental occlusal guards if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Facial Pain
  • Ringing in ears
  • Clicking or locking jaw joints
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Headache
  • Migraines
  • Chipped teeth
  • Swelling
  • Jaw pain
  • Head, neck, and shoulder pain
  • Fatigue and not sleeping well

Our dentist creates occlusal guard in the Royal Oak Dental Office. The guards are created after taking an impression of the teeth and bite for deciding how the teeth will come together. The occlusal guard near 77450 does more than just creating a barrier between the upper and lower teeth. By making adjustment in the surface of the occlusal guard, the dentist can help your jaw glide gently into the alignment, relieving inflammation, and pain associated with jaw disorders.

The occlusal night guards or occlusal bite guards can help in relaxing the muscles which in turn helps in reducing the headaches, neck pain, and shoulder pain. It can also help in getting better sleep at night as it relieves the pressure from your teeth is you are suffering from night Bruxism. The dental occlusal guards can wear and tear over the time so the dentist may make little adjustments. You need to take the guard during appointment so that the dentist can make adjustments.

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