Have we recently suggested you receive bruxism treatment in the form of oral appliance therapy? If so, we are making the recommendation that you wear an oral splint – another term for a comfortable mouth guard that you will wear while you sleep – to prevent you from grinding or clenching your teeth. As a result, this will offer relief from daily symptoms, while preventing long-term problems. To help you garner a bit more confidence regarding this type of treatment, we invite you to consider a few interesting details about the appliances.
Detail #1: They Are Custom Fitted
Don’t worry, we will not hand you a universal fit oral appliance as your form of bruxism treatment. To ensure your treatment is effective, it is essential that the splint fit your teeth accurately and comfortably. Before you receive your appliance, we will take impressions of your top and bottom teeth to make sure the finished product fits well.
Detail #2: They Are Comfortable
An oral appliance for bruxism treatment is not something you need to worry about. Patients are usually quite happy that they can receive a noninvasive, drug-free appliance to treat the problem because there are no potential side effects. The goal of this acrylic appliance is to provide a buffer between your top and bottom arches. As a result, you will find that your daily discomfort begins to decrease.
Detail #3: They Can Multi-Task
As you may know, bruxism can lead to a problem we call “TMJ disorder” that occurs when your jaw joints (TMJs) become stressed, strained, or damaged, while function decreases. Bruxism treatment may help alleviate or prevent the occurrence of this problem by inhibiting the strain placed on your jaw joints from teeth grinding and clenching.