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Vonore Dental Eric Fugate, D.D.S.
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Doctor of Dental Surgery
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Occlusal Guards for TMD Problems

Occlusal (bite) guards and Mouth guards can help protect your teeth and TMJ (jaw joint) from damage due to clenching and grinding.  These guards are important for people that grind while sleeping.  The habits of clenching and grinding may cause:

  • Wear, fracture or chipping of teeth
  • Sensitive crevices on teeth or gums
  • Gum and bone recession
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Worsening of periodontal disease
  • Damage to dental bridges and dental implants
  • Tender muscles, headaches and noises when you open and close your jaw

Occlusal guards (also called night guards) can be useful to protect your dental work, decrease symptoms, allow jaw alignment and act as a guide for your bite adjustment.  In severe cases when symptoms persist, they are worn even after teeth have been accurately reshaped.

 

 

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