Occlusal guards are removable devices that fit over the teeth and are used to help prevent the wearing down of teeth during sleep due to nighttime grinding and clenching.

If you wake up and do not feel rested, you have a headache or a toothache, or you have jaw joint pain, or if during a routine dental examination your dentist notices that your teeth have been ground down and show more wear than normal, you may be prescribed an occlusal guard. Oftentimes, your teeth may start to loosen and you will feel pain in your gums because of clenching your teeth too much.

Occlusal guards do not treat the problem(s), but they are a preventative measure against more serious problems caused by long-term teeth grinding. If these symptoms are left unchecked, more dental problems, such a fractured teeth and tooth loss, will likely occur and will be much more costly in the long run.

The purpose of the occlusal guard is to prevent further tooth damage due to clenching and grinding of the teeth. It also helps relax the jaws, which may protect the muscles and joints from chronic pain problems that could eventually occur.


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