Dr. Blaylock, your experienced dentist in Durham NC, offers custom bite guards. We recommend them to patients 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 from 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 of 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 from 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 tooth grinding mouth guard, or bite guard, to stop teeth grinding. A bite guard is a customized, removable appliance similar to a sports mouthguard 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 is 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.
Why should I choose to get a custom bite guard from a dentist?
If you have been diagnosed with bruxism or a TMJ disorder, Dr. Blaylock will recommend a bite guard purchased through him. Even though there are many options to choose from online and in-store, it is best to get a custom-fit mouthguard from a dentist office.
This will ensure that the molds are taken correctly and your bite guard is therefore accurate. The online options are do-it-yourself and you risk not creating your mold correctly.
No one can guarantee a more custom fit than a dentist. Dr. Blaylock and his staff have years of experience taking accurate molds of teeth.
The quality of the material is also very important. Dr. Blaylock will only send your molds to the top dental labs offering top-quality mouth guards.
Our office will also take into account the position of your jaw and will make adjustments accordingly. With an accurate and quality bite guard, you will have protection that is comfortable and will last a long time.
Restorative Care for Teeth Grinding
If you’ve been grinding your teeth, the signs show up in your mouth. Your teeth may be chipped or broken, or are getting worn down prematurely because of your teeth grinding. To make sure that your teeth are still able to be used, as well as improve the aesthetics of your smile, we may suggest dental restorations for these teeth.
These can include dental crowns, tooth bonding, or porcelain veneers. If pieces of your teeth are broken off, these methods can help to make your teeth whole again. Pain can come from exposed tooth roots and nerves, causing sensitivity when they’re touched. Restorative efforts can protect these nerves and help to eliminate the pain. We also want you to have a smile you want to show off, which may not be the case if you have broken or damaged teeth.
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Teeth grinding is not something you have to live with. Dr. Blaylock offers the proper treatment to help patients stop grinding and correct the damage caused by grinding.
Schedule a visit for a consultation with Dr. Brent Blaylock today to learn more about bite guards! Give us a call at 919-518-9963, or request an appointment online.