I grind my teeth What can I do about it Bite Guard
Hi my name is Laura Geiger from SoutheastFamily Dental and today I’m going to talk about something we get a lot of questionsabout which are occlusal guards or bite guards. If you’ve ever had pain in your jaw or you’veever been told that you grind your teeth this is something we use a lot. A lot of timesthey’re used for clenching and grinding. Again if a dentist has told you that you do thata lot if protects the teeth from that. You wear it at night. It’s something thata lot of, when we make them here, we’ll take an impression of your mouth. It fits directlyto your teeth. It’s specific for you and it’s something that you wear every night. It protectsthe teeth from that clenching and grinding so that you can’t do that physical action.You’ll grind the guard rather than the teeth.
You could also use it a lot of times for anyonethat has popping or a pain in the jaw. What it does is it sets that lower jaw forwardenough that it relaxes the muscle tension there and it lets that relax at night. Again,it is something worn overnight. The last reason we use the bit guards a lotis for protecting. If someone’s had a lot of restorations, a lot of fillings, crowns,anything done on their front teeth, even sometimes on back teeth, if you just have a lot throughoutyour mouth, is another reason that we would do them. If you’ve been told that you clench and grindand someone’s recommended a bite guard for you, a lot of times you can also try kindof an over the counter one and see how it does. You can use one, it’s called a boiland bite. You can get them at any kind of drug store and you put it in boiling water,let it warm up a little bit and then form it to your teeth. That’s a good way to testand see too if that’s going to help with some of that popping, clicking. But I do recommendtalking to your dentist too. If you plan on doing it, talk to your dentist. Find out ifthat’s a good way to start and that would be a good way to go. Again, this is LauraGeiger from Southeast Family Dental. Remember we can make you smile!.