Bruxism is the technical term for the, often unconscious, grinding or clenching of teeth, often at night. This grinding can lead to permanent damage to the teeth and jaws if left unchecked, and can cause a serious problem for your overall health if left untreated. If you suffer from this clenching or grinding, Dr. Eric Berkner and the staff here at Ponderosa Dental Arts can help.
Occlusal guards are horseshoe shaped pieces of plastic, specially designed and shaped to go over your existing teeth, which are worn to protect your teeth from the pressure and wear caused by this grinding. Depending on your unique condition, these guards may only need to be worn occasionally, such as during or before stressful events. These guards are made of soft or hard acrylic, depending on your unique needs, and can last up to many years. Unlike a generic guard, available over the counter, Ponderosa Dental Arts can provide you with a custom-made guard tailored specifically for your individual needs.
For more information about Occlusal Guards, or helping to prevent grinding-related damage in the future, contact us today.