Q&A: Occlusal Guards

June 22, 2017

The good news at the moment is that we offer occlusal guards for your dental health if you need them. The not-so-great news is that while these guards may be able to offer you the treatment you require, it’s possible that you’ve never heard of them before! To avoid missing out on the opportunity to easily and comfortably protect your smile, we strongly encourage you to check out our questions (and answers) regarding this very topic.

Questions and Answers

Question: What does “occlusal” mean when we’re discussing occlusal guards? Is this just another way of saying mouthguard?

Answer: Essentially, yes. The word occlusal refers to the contact that takes place between your top and bottom teeth. So, the guard will work to rectify problems of this nature.

Question: For which types of problems might you suggest an occlusal guard?

Answer: We may suggest a mouth guard as something we refer to as oral appliance therapy. We provide this for functional problems that affect your teeth and your jaws, such as bruxism disorder and TMJ disorder. Bruxism includes teeth grinding (or teeth clenching). TMJ disorder includes a damaged jaw joint or one that is strained and performing poorly.

Question: So, what will I do with the guard?

Answer: You will wear an occlusal guard at night for problems like bruxism and TMJ disorder. When you wear it while you sleep, it will gently correct your problem by either repositioning teeth and jaws in a way that promotes rest and protection. Or, it will provide a cushion (to stop the damage associated with grinding and clenching).

Protect Your Oral Function With Occlusal Guard Treatment

If you’re suffering from TMJ disorder or bruxism, an occlusal guard may offer you the protection you need, so you can get your smile back to exceptional working order. To schedule a visit for in Lake Orion, MI, call Lake Orion Family Dentistry today at 248-693-6213.

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