These removable devices fit over your teeth to help prevent the wear that develops when you grind or clench your teeth as you sleep.

You may benefit from an occlusal guard if you don’t feel well rested after a full night’s sleep, or if you wake up with a headache, a toothache or have jaw joint pain. If we see that your teeth have been ground down or show more wear than normal during your appointment, we may prescribe an occlusal guard.

While occlusal guards don’t treat the problem directly, they prevent more serious problems that long-term grinding and clenching can create for you. Left unchecked, these symptoms can cause fractured teeth and tooth loss, which will lead to more pain and cost you more money to treat. Occlusal guards also help relax your jaw, protecting the muscles and joints from developing chronic issues down the road.


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