Occlusal Guards

An occlusal guard is also referred to as a night guard or a bruxism guard. It prevents bruxism, which is the clenching or grinding of the teeth that occurs mainly at night. Grinding and clenching the jaw at night can cause tooth damage and temporomandibular joint dysfunctions since the jaw places an extraordinary amount of pressure per square inch on the teeth. 

At Shore Drive Dental, our dentist customizes occlusal guards to suit each patient's mouth precisely. Custom-fitted occlusal guards give patients superior protection without the discomfort of ill-fitting one-size-fits-all appliances. Occlusal guards can prevent issues like jaw strain, fatigue, pain, and tooth chipping or breaking.

Why Would I Need an Occlusal Guard?

Occlusal guards are often referred to as night guards, and they protect your teeth from the effects of clenching and grinding while sleeping. Many people clench or grind their teeth without realizing it, especially at night.

Grinding your teeth can wear down your tooth enamel over time, leading to worse problems such as the teeth cracking or breaking and even losing them altogether. If you clench or grind your teeth, you should talk to our dentist about getting a night guard to protect your teeth from damage.

If you suffer from sleep apnea, you may be prescribed an occlusal guard to prevent your airway from being blocked while you sleep. This can help keep oxygen flowing to your brain and improve your sleep quality, significantly improving your overall health.

What Are Occlusal Guards Used For?

Occlusal guards are dental appliances patients wear to protect their teeth and reduce tooth wear and breakage. These mouthguards are typically worn at night but can also be worn during the day if the patient has bruxism or a TMJ disorder, which can cause significant tooth damage over time. When a patient wears an occlusal guard, it helps reduce the effects of teeth clenching and grinding.

Occlusal guards also help reduce jaw pain associated with TMJ disorders. Most patients who suffer from TMD report extreme pain in the joint that connects the jaw to the skull. The muscles in this area can become inflamed, causing a dull ache in the jaw, making it difficult for patients to eat and speak comfortably. An occlusal guard can help these patients to reduce the pressure placed on the temporomandibular joint by providing a protective cushion for the jaw joint to rest upon.

Occlusal guards are custom-made to fit each patient’s unique smile so that the device is comfortable and offers maximum protection. For the best dental treatment, visit Shore Drive Dental at 4417A Shore Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23455, or call (757) 460-1939.

  • 4417A Shore Dr,
    Virginia Beach, VA 23455
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  • Tel: (757) 460-1939
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