Dr. Blaylock offers custom bite guards which may be recommended to relieve jaw pain and muscle tension or to address teeth grinding. Patients who grind their teeth or clench their teeth can benefit from using a custom fit bite guard to both protect the teeth and reduce symptoms associated with too much pressure on the jaw joints.
Bite Guards for Teeth Grinding
Dr. Brent Blaylock provides thorough and comprehensive dental care for patients who suffer with complex dental problems, including teeth grinding. Teeth grinding, called bruxism, is a common symptom of a temporomandibular disorder (TMD), commonly known as TMJ. Although many patients do not realize they are grinding their teeth, there are several common signs of teeth grinding:
- Jaw pain
- Clicking or popping
- Damaged or worn teeth
- Sensitive teeth
When left untreated, bruxism can cause significant damage to teeth and contribute to painful symptoms like headaches and jaw pain. Stress can be a primary cause for teeth grinding, but an underlying TMD can sometimes lead to teeth grinding. Lifestyle changes and relaxation techniques may help to reduce or stop your teeth grinding. In many cases, though, professional treatment is needed to correct the source of the problem and repair damage caused by teeth grinding.
Dr. Blaylock frequently recommends a teeth grinding mouth guard, or bite guard, to stop teeth grinding. A bite guard is a customized, removable appliance similar to a sports mouth guard that is made to fit over your teeth and prevent teeth grinding. Most bite guards are worn at night, however some patients find wearing their teeth grinding mouth guards during high stress situations is beneficial. While there are a wide range of over the counter options for bite guards, a custom made appliance will offer the best protection and be designed to address your individual dental health needs.