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Bite Plates / Occlusal Splints

Are you clenching and grinding your teeth?

 

Have you noticed lately that your jaws and teeth feel somewhat painful?

If you struggle with any of the following symptoms, you may have TMJ disorder or bruxism (tooth grinding):
  • Chronic jaw pain
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Jaw stiffness
  • Neck or shoulder pain
  • Tinnitus
  • Dental erosion
  • A clicking noise when you open or close your mouth
For many patients, a thorough exam and a custom-crafted oral device, known as a bite plate or splint, could alleviate these and many other symptoms.

 

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Facts on Bruxism

 

Fact 1: Bruxism Is Damaging

 

The disorder we know as bruxism refers to a chronic disorder – not a voluntary one.
The main characteristic is either teeth grinding or clenching.
Unfortunately, these repeated motions place a lot of stress on your teeth and your jaw joints.
The result may include fractured teeth, broken teeth, eroded tooth surfaces, and even TMJ disorder (a disorder of the jaw joints)

 

Fact 2: Self-Diagnosis Is Complicated

 

As you may have noticed, bruxism is involuntary, which means you may not recognize that you’re doing it.
A friend or loved one may happen to catch you in the act and ask why you’re grinding or clenching your teeth. Or, you may wonder why you’re experiencing sensitivity or headaches.
Fortunately, during your dental checkups, we can identify a need for bruxism treatment and discuss creating a care plan for you.

 

Fact 3: We Can Help

 

Bruxism treatment is comfortable, straightforward, and effective. We will have you wear a custom-fitted bite plate in your mouth while you sleep.
The device prevents your upper and lower teeth from touching, so you cannot grind or clench.

 

The Benefits of Treatment with a Bite Plate

(Occlusal Splint)

 

The most noticeable advantage of TMJ and bruxism treatment is the immediate effect it can have on your quality of life.
Your bite plate can reduce your discomfort, enable you to eat a wider range of foods, and give you a better night’s sleep. However, treatment also has important benefits for your long-term health.
Your bite plate can prevent structural damage to your teeth. In many cases, it can also avert tooth loss, gum irritation, and swelling in your jaw and facial muscles.
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