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3 Benefits of Bite Guards

Posted in Mouth Guards

Also known as a night guard or even a stress guard, bite guards are intended to prevent you from clenching or grinding your teeth. Grinding and clenching are habits that typically occur during the night during sleep. Some people who suffer from this are not aware that they do it until they see the effects afterward. The bite guard is worn at night to prevent such detrimental activity. How can this guard benefit you?

  • Prevent damage to teeth. Grinding and clenching wears down the chewing surfaces of teeth and puts stress on their structure. This makes them prone to fractures and chipping. A guard will protect teeth from bearing the brunt of the force.
  • Preserve your dental restorations. Fillings are easily damaged by grinding and clenching. Crowns can also be shifted out of place, worn through or even chipped. Even implants can suffer from excessive biting force. All these restorations are designed to withstand normal chewing activity, but grinding and clenching can negate the benefits they provide. A bite guard is a wise investment that protects beautiful and costly restorative work from the effects of grinding.
  • Ease jaw pain. The intense activity of the chewing muscles can cause extreme fatigue on the joint that moves the jaw. Grinding and clenching can overwork your temporomandibular joint (TMJ). A guard will limit the movement of your jaw, relieving stress on your TMJ.

A bite guard may be your key to preserving a strong and healthy smile. If you are not sure whether you have the signs of a harmful grinding or clenching habit, then be sure to talk to your dentist during your next visit.

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. David Kurtzman D.D.S.
611 Campbell Hill St. NW #101
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 980-6336


Drug Free Headache Prevention

Posted in TMJ Therpy

Chronic headaches can control a person’s life, making every day a difficult one. When it comes to treating headaches, medications often have various side effects that are sometimes just as bothersome as the headache itself. Your dentist can help! With drug free headache prevention, many dental patients are able to completely avoid experiencing their normal headaches and wake up feeling refreshed and more energized in the morning since they get a better night’s sleep.

A large percentage of headaches are caused from an inappropriate relationship of the teeth and temporomandibular joint (TMJ), chronic teeth grinding (bruxism) or collapse of the soft tissues in the back of the mouth and opening of the throat. Dentists can effectively prevent all three of these types of headache-inducing conditions by using custom fitted oral appliances made for individual patients.

Wearing a custom fitted bite device during your sleep will keep the TMJ area in a resting position, preventing excess pressure in the joint and grinding of the teeth together. Positioning devices also keep the jaw in a position that prevents the collapse of soft tissues, opening the patient’s airway and in some cases preventing the patient from needing appliances such as CPAP machines. Non-invasive and easily affordable, these bite guard appliances help reduce pain in the head, neck, shoulders, jaw and back. As a result, teeth are also protected from advanced wear due to grinding, ensuring a smile that will last years longer than if you did not wear a protective bite appliance.

If you suspect that your headaches are due to an inappropriate TMJ or bite relationship, visit your Baton Rouge dentist. Your comprehensive oral exam will include a TMJ screening and bite analysis that determines whether or not a bite guard is a viable drug free headache prevention method for you.

Posted on behalf of Juban Dental Care


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