Do you find yourself clenching or grinding your teeth throughout the day? If so, Dr. Siti Lowery may recommend an occlusal guard. These custom-made appliances can help protect your teeth and jaw from unwanted pain that comes from continual clenching or grinding. At Lowery Smiles, we want your oral and overall health to be in pristine condition. We welcome you to call our practice today at 919-371-2515 to visit our dentist, and to learn whether an occlusal guard in Cary, North Carolina, is right for you.
Many people who suffer from TMJ disorder find that they clench or grind their teeth while sleeping. This often leads to a sore and tired jaw, headaches, or other side effects. However, nighttime is not the only time that it is possible to clench or grind your teeth.
Daytime teeth clenching and grinding is fairly common, and it is often induced by stress. Some people may know that they clench or grind their teeth in stressful situations, whereas others may do it subconsciously. Either way, leaving this condition untreated can lead to excessive wear on your teeth, gums, and jaw, leading to several issues, including:
- Worn down tooth enamel
- Flattened teeth
- Increased tooth sensitivity
- Sore jaw muscles
- Receding gum line
To help prevent daytime teeth clenching and grinding, our dentist may recommend an occlusal guard. This retainer-like appliance is custom-made to fit your unique smile, resulting in maximum protection and comfort. Plus, these appliances are clear, which means you can go about your day without worrying about others noticing your appliance. In addition to taking the wear and tear upon themselves, occlusal guards can act as a guide to realign your bite and better reduce the symptoms of TMJ disorder.
If you have any questions about occlusal guards, we welcome you to visit or call our practice today. We are here to help you achieve maximum oral and overall health!