Ryan Rush DDS PLLC

What is an occlusal guard?

Most patients know occlusal guards by the name night guards, an oral appliance that’s prescribed to protect teeth against bruxism and grinding forces during sleep.

Bruxism affects all ages; sometimes it’s related to stress or anxiety, but crooked or missing teeth or an uneven dental bite can make you more prone to teeth grinding than others. 

Since bruxism occurs involuntarily, most people aren’t aware that they are grinding their teeth. The result is significant dental wear and breakdown, but our dentist can diagnose teeth grinding by the wear and tear on your teeth.

How an Occlusal Guard Helps Bruxism

An occlusal guard or night guard is worn while you sleep and acts as a cushion so the grinding and clenching motions don’t damage your teeth. Wearing the guard also gives your TMJ or jaw joint a chance to rest and recover during the night.

Some common symptoms of teeth grinding or bruxism to be aware of are:

  • Worn teeth
  • Fractured teeth
  • Jaw pain
  • Chronic headaches
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Facial pain
  • Cracked teeth

Need a Night Guard for Teeth Grinding?

If you have any of the symptoms of bruxism, please let Dr. Rush know at your next appointment. He will prescribe a custom-made occlusal guard that will protect your teeth and jaw joints and relieve your pain.

Please call our Fort Collins dental office to schedule an appointment.

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