What is an Occlusal Guard and Why Did We Recommend It?

What is an Occlusal Guard and Why Did We Recommend It?

October 4, 2018

If you have recently been recommended to use an occlusal guard, you may be wondering what this type of dental device even is. In many cases, an occlusal guard is similar to a night guard that we recommend patients to wear at night to protect their teeth while they sleep. There are cases in which patients can also benefit from daytime use. Let’s take a look at why we recommend occlusal guards here at our office in Los Angeles.

Why We Recommend Occlusal Guards

If you are a patient that suffers from painful jaw joints due to jaw joint dysfunction, also known as TMJ, this can be due to bruxism. Bruxism is the clenching and grinding of the teeth at night while you sleep, and an occlusal guard can provide relief, often immediately. Custom occlusal guards fit comfortably and are able to provide relief for the patients with even the worst bruxism. If you experience any of the following symptoms, you may be the perfect candidate for this breakthrough in oral appliances:

  • Headaches or migraines
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Facial Pain
  • Head, neck, or shoulder pain
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Fatigue during the day
  • Clicking or locking jaw joints

If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, at our office, we can offer customized mouth guards by taking an impression of your teeth and bite to determine the best fit available for your circumstances. These dental appliances can ensure that your jaw muscles relax, reduce headaches, and even help you get a better night sleep.

Occlusal Guards in Los Angeles

At the dental offices of Dr. Anna Kreymer in Los Angeles, CA, we are firm believers in making sure our patients are consistently staying informed on the latest and greatest in technology and techniques. For you, this means you get the best treatment that dental offices can offer, and for that you’ll be thankful. If you still have more questions about occlusal guards or any other kind of mouthguards, please give our office a call as soon as possible so we can arrange an initial consultation appointment!