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Do you often wake up in the morning with a sore jaw, headaches, or a feeling of tightness in your teeth?

If you can relate to these symptoms, you may be grinding or clenching your teeth, a condition known as bruxism. Bruxism can be detrimental not only to your teeth but also to the supporting structures and your jaw joint, known as the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). At Lifetime Dental Care, we offer occlusal splint therapy as a way to treat bruxism and alleviate your symptoms.

Bruxism, the habitual grinding or clenching of teeth, can have various causes. Factors such as stress, hormonal changes, medications, and genetics are often associated with this condition. Bruxism commonly occurs during sleep, but it can also happen during the day without your awareness. Unfortunately, the continuous grinding and clenching can lead to significant damage to your teeth and jaw joint.

The Benefits of Occlusal Splint Therapy

Occlusal splint therapy is a highly effective treatment approach for bruxism. An occlusal splint is a custom-fitted acrylic appliance designed specifically for your mouth. It is usually fabricated to fit the upper jaw and serves as a protective barrier to prevent further damage caused by bruxism. Here are some key benefits of occlusal splint therapy:

Protection from Damage: The occlusal splint acts as a cushioning barrier between your upper and lower teeth, preventing them from grinding against each other. By wearing the splint, you can protect your teeth from excessive chipping and wear caused by bruxism.

Alleviation of Symptoms: The occlusal splint helps alleviate the symptoms associated with bruxism, such as jaw pain, headaches, and tooth sensitivity. It reduces the strain on the jaw joint and muscles, promoting relaxation and relief from discomfort.

Custom-Fitted Appliances: Our experienced dental team will carefully examine your bite and take precise measurements of your teeth to create a customized occlusal splint. This ensures a comfortable fit and optimal protection for your teeth and jaw joint.

Preserves Tooth Structure: The occlusal splint is designed to bear the brunt of grinding forces, preventing damage to your natural tooth structure. By distributing the pressure evenly across the splint, it helps preserve your teeth’s integrity and prevents further wear and tear.

If you suspect that you are grinding or clenching your teeth and experiencing symptoms of bruxism, we encourage you to schedule a consultation at Lifetime Dental Care. Our compassionate dental team will evaluate your condition, discuss your treatment options, and recommend the most suitable occlusal splint therapy for your needs.