In our practice, the doctors suggests an occlusal (night) guard for any of the following:
Clenching and grinding (bruxism)
A mouth guard can alleviate the symptoms by offering a slick barrier between the upper and lower teeth, such that they slide against each other instead of applying pressure and grinding down.
TMD are disorders of the temporomandibular joint, the joint that connects the lower jaw to the rest of the skull. An occlusal guard in this situation alleviates pressure on the joint and helps to reduce strain.
An occlusal guard may also be recommended to provide extra protection for certain more delicate tooth restorations (aesthetic crowns, veneers, aesthetic fillings, etc).
A sports guard is a protective device that covers the teeth and gums to prevent and/or reduce injury. Today, dental professionals recommend guards as a solution to many problems in addition to their preventive use for athletes.
A snore guard helps the patients with snoring problems. Snoring occurs when a person’s airway becomes obstructed during a state of deep sleep. The body’s mouth and throat tissue collapse inward and block the lung’s ability to take in oxygen. The soft palate and uvula vibrate as air passes back and forth in the throat’s constricted airway, causing that irritating sound we call snoring. Snoring can be eliminated with lifestyle changes and snore guard that can be worn each night and keeps airways clear while a person sleeps.
Retainers are used to retain teeth in their position. They can be used after orthodontic treatment to prevent a relapse or to maintain the teeth in their correct position.