Bite Guards | Dentists in Waterford MI
Grinding your teeth and jaw discomfort caused by temporal mandibular joint (TMJ) disorder are the two biggest reasons to ask the dentists at Stannard & Studt & Wolf about what bite guards can do for you.
Bite Guards for Teeth Grinding
It is not uncommon for most people to grind or clench their teeth on occasion. This action, called bruxism, is not harmful to your dental health when it is only an occasional habit. However, if you are engaging in bruxism on a regular basis, your teeth can be severely damaged and other oral health complications may appear. People grind their teeth for a variety of reasons, but most often teeth grinding is caused by stress and anxiety. It is sometimes also caused by an atypical bite or missing or crooked teeth. Most grinding also occurs at night while you are asleep, leaving you unaware of the bad habit that is slowly ruining your teeth. If you often wake up with a sore jaw or a headache, you may be grinding your teeth while you sleep. If this is the case, it is important to come in to Stannard & Studt & Wolf Dentistry to have an examination and consider getting fitted for a bite guard to protect your teeth. In addition to the mouth guard, you may also want to discuss with your dentist ways to reduce stress.
Bite Guards for TMJ Disorder
TMJ can often cause headaches, vision impairments and hearing problems, as well as tooth damage. The best non-surgical solution to relieving the pain and discomfort associated with TMJ is a bite guard. Worn overnight, the mouth guard will help protect your teeth and correct your misaligned bite. Although it is possible to buy a mouth guard over-the-counter, the dentists at Stannard & Studt & Wolf Dentistry recommend coming in to have a customized bite guard made so we can monitor the progress and make any adjustments to make you more comfortable.
Don’t live with the negative side effects of teeth grinding or TMJ Disorder any longer! Call the dentistry experts at Stunnard & Studt & Wolf Dentistry today to find out more about our specialized bite guards!