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Occlusal Guards Ease Jaw Pain




columbia occlusal guards

When you have pain in your jaw or chronic headaches, this could mean you have stress in your jaw joints that needs attention, including TMJ disorder and/or bruxism (teeth grinding). But our team can offer a custom and comfortable solution. In today’s blog, your Columbia, TN, dentist talks about our custom occlusal guards.


The Signs You Need Treatment

When should you see our team for treatment? Be sure to alert us when you experience chronic discomfort in your face or head. Jaw and facial pain, headaches and migraines, neck and shoulder aches, and a popping or clicking sensation in your smile are all cause for alarm. You could also notice tooth sensitivity when you eat or drink, or a toothache that doesn’t subside after a day or two. Our team will conduct a detailed examination with digital x-rays and intraoral cameras, looking for signs of strain or wear or friction on the teeth. We can make a diagnosis with precision and plan treatment with our custom occlusal guards!


TMJ Disorder and Bruxism

TMJ disorder means that stress on the jaw joints has caused a disorder linked to issues fully opening and closing your mouth. With bruxism, chronic teeth grinding and clenching has placed serious pressure on the jaw joints and could wear down tooth structures, or even crack or chip a tooth, so the risk of cavities and infection is much higher. Both could be brought on by issues like missing teeth, misalignment, injury to the jaw or face, issues with the growth of the smile, or even high levels of stress. Our team will assess the underlying factors to ensure we select the best treatment option. We can also discuss treatments like bonding or crowns to repair any damage that has occurred.


Occlusal Guards

Our occlusal guards look and fit like a mouthguard, but they have been custom-made based on detailed digital images and measurements taken of your smile. When in place, they help shift the jaw and ease strain to bring relief from TMJ symptoms. If you grind or clench your teeth, the oral appliance will place a layer of protection between the upper and lower sets of teeth to prevent further damage to your smile. The device will be easy to use, store, and clean, and helps you enjoy better comfort during the day!

If you have any questions about how we diagnose and treat TMJ disorder and bruxism with an occlusal guard, then contact our team today.


Learn More About Oral Appliances With Creekside Family Dentistry!

Our team wants to help you avoid pain in your jaw and head with a custom oral appliance. Give us a call today at Creekside Family Dentistry in Columbia, TN at (931) 388-3384 to schedule your appointment!

 

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