Occlusal Guards - Matthews, NC

What Are Occlusal Guards?

Occlusal guards, also known as night guards or bite splints, are custom-made oral appliances designed to protect your teeth from the effects of teeth grinding or clenching, also known as bruxism. At Sapphire Dentistry, Dr. Nguyen offers occlusal guards to help protect your teeth and alleviate the symptoms of bruxism.
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What is Bruxism?

Bruxism is a common condition characterized by the involuntary grinding, clenching, or gnashing teeth. This condition often occurs during sleep and can lead to various dental issues, such as worn tooth enamel, tooth sensitivity, jaw pain, and headaches. Occlusal guards are designed to prevent these problems by providing a protective barrier between the upper and lower teeth.

Benefits of Occlusal Guards

Occlusal guards offer several benefits for individuals suffering from bruxism, including:

  • Protecting teeth from excessive wear and damage
  • Alleviating jaw pain and headaches associated with bruxism
  • Reducing muscle tension in the jaw
  • Improving sleep quality by reducing grinding noises
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The Occlusal Guard Fitting Process

Receiving an occlusal guard begins with a comprehensive dental examination by Dr. Nguyen. During this examination, Dr. Nguyen will assess your oral health and determine if an occlusal guard is the proper treatment. If an occlusal guard is recommended, impressions of your teeth will be taken to create a custom-made guard that fits comfortably in your mouth

Once your occlusal guard is ready, Dr. Nguyen will ensure that it fits properly and provides the necessary protection for your teeth. Your occlusal guard should be worn during sleep to prevent teeth grinding and protect your teeth from damage.

If you are experiencing symptoms of bruxism or are interested in learning more about occlusal guards, contact Sapphire Dentistry to schedule a consultation with Dr. Nguyen. We are committed to helping you achieve optimal oral health and providing the care you need to maintain a healthy smile.

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