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Occlusal Guards

Occlusal guards are a custom fitted tool that you can wear over your teeth during sleep, recreational and athletic activities for the protection of your teeth. Contact us for more information.

Occlusal Guards in Nashville - Antioch, TN

We provide quality treatments to solve the problem of clenching and grinding teeth. We offer the best occlusal guards for grinding teeth that not only improves your smile and but also helps you sleep peacefully and also helps with TMJ.

At Montee Dental Co. we have individually customized occlusal or night guards just for you.

What Are Occlusal Guards?

Occlusal guards are a custom fitted tool that you can wear over your teeth during sleep, recreational and athletic activities for the protection of your teeth.   

They are also called a mouthguard, night guard, or ‘oral vestibular plate’.  

We at Montee Dental Co, offer a well- fitted occlusal guard with a slim and comfortable design. They have the accurate customized design that does not bother you in your sleep. Plus, they are of an appropriate size, reducing the risk of choking. If you do have a snoring problem, occlusal guards can be a helpful device to protect your denture/ smile from any potential trauma.

In other words, occlusal guards buffers teeth damage. They protective device serves as a barrier between your braces and teeth, also between your tongues and lips, limiting the risk of tissue damage.

How Does An Occlusal Guard Work?

The dental appliance is tremendously advantageous when it comes to solving grinding and TMJ problems.

Your occlusal guard sits on 1 arch (either upper or lower, typically lower) to help with those who have trouble with grinding their teeth back and forth, or clenching and applying pressure to their teeth. This damages your teeth and causes jaw aches and headaches.

Occlusal Guard for TMJ at Montee Dental Co.

Occlusal guard Nashville can help you if you are suffering from jaw pain, facial pain or headaches. The cause of pain may be your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) or jaw muscle.  Occlusal guards, in this condition, can be pain relievers for your muscle discomfort.

Before we elaborate about the specific treatments of TMJ Montee Dental, let us understand the basic   information about this health issue.

What is Temporomandibular Disorder (TMJ)?

Temporomandibular disorder (TMJ) refers to a jaw condition that is typically caused by a problem in the temporomandibular joint. The joint functions as a hinge and connects the skull to your jaw on both sides of the face.

If there is a problem with the movement of TMJ, it often causes pain in cheekbones and your jaw line. The condition is temporary in some cases, but it may lead to chronic pain, disrupting your quality of life.

Causes of Muscle Pain and TMJ disorder

Following are the major causes of TMJ disorder:

  • Gnashing and grinding teeth. The official term for this condition is ‘Bruxism’. If you have sleep bruxism –means you grind or clench your teeth during sleep, it can affect your TM joint.  There are people who grind or clench teeth while awake.

  • Active jaw muscles are another cause of TMJ. If there is unnecessary tension in your jaw muscles, it can result in pain and increases lactic acid buildup.

  • Jaw misalignment like overbite, protruding jaw and other alignment issues may also cause TMJ disorder. The problem can be genetic sometimes.

  • People who have osteoporosis often suffer from TMJ disorder due to disc erosion.

Symptoms of TMJ

The symptoms of TMJ greatly depend on severity of the problem.  Some of the common symptoms include:

  • Facial fatigue or tired sensation

  • Aching jaw and cheekbones

  • Trouble opening your mouth

  • Extending pain to shoulders, ears and neck

  • Headache leading to migraine and dizziness

  • Pain in both TM joints

Following are the main risk factors that can lead to temporomandibular joint pain:

  • Acid reflux

  • Jaw injury

  • High stress ( lead to grinding teeth or clenching)

  • Sleep apnea

  • Genetics

  • Arthritis, including osteoarthritis  and rheumatoid

How Montee Dental can Help You Relieve TMJ Pain?

At Montee Dental Co. we use different treatment options depending on the severity or cause of a patient’s issues. Usually, our dentist starts with the least invasive and simplest options. These simplest options often include occlusal guard to treat the painful condition, after diagnosing the root cause of the TMJ issue.

The treatment options are divided into two categories that include:

  • Repositioning splints

  • Stabilization splints.

Stabilization splints:  It is an occlusal guard that helps muscles remain in their position when grinding and clenching during TMJ.  These are flat splints that cover a patient’s teeth completely. They are very effective to reduce pain that often comes from overusing your jaw muscles.

Moreover, the treatment is also effective for tension related temporomandibular pain and considered the best option to prevent wearing down of your teeth due to stress and grinding. The occlusal guard for joint pain relief provides jaw and teeth a break from grinding and clenching.

Repositioning splints: This treatment option is for correcting misalignments. Dentists prefer it when a patient’s lower jaw sits far from the upper jaw (forward or back). Patients need to wear it all day until TMJ pain subsides. In addition, repositioning splints are very helpful for clicking and jaw popping disorders caused by incorrect TMJ alignment.

Many patients use splints at night to relieve TMJ pain. Some occlusal guards are specifically prescribed to use during the daytime either for long-term or temporary basis. If you are prescribed occlusal guards whether for repositioning splints or stabilization splints, it is important to follow your dentist’s advice.

TMJ-related disorders have long treatment periods and you need to visit your dentist for regular examination of your occlusal guards. The dentists at Montee dental, in this regard, are very cooperative and skilled. They can design a custom-made occlusal guard to help you relieve TMJ pain, and also to treat basic bruxism.

How to Wear Occlusal Guards

We know that occlusal guard is one of the best treatment options to prevent TMJ and teeth locking. Not only this, it effectively minimizes muscle spasm and clenching habit, cracked teeth and wearing of your teeth.

However, in order to get the desired results from this removable device, it is important that you wear them as instructed. Depending on your condition, your dentist may advice you to wear them during sleep or daytime, especially when you find yourself grinding and clenching.

Here we are providing you a set of instructions to use your occlusal guard properly.

  • Before placing your occlusal guard, make sure you soak it in lukewarm water for at least thirty seconds. Place it in your mouth and press firmly to set it. You can repeat this process until you feel it seated comfortably.  

  • Your mouth may produce excess saliva for two to three days. It is normal; do not stress about it.

  • Avoid clenching your teeth with occlusal guard as it may cause pain or muscle spasm.

  • You can remove your occlusal guard every morning (if you are using it for the night). Rinse it with cold water and clean it with toothpaste or tooth brush. You can use denture cleanser if needed.

  • Avoid cleaning it with alcohol-based products and never boil it.

  • Make sure you store it in a storage case.

How our Dentist Determine Best Treatment for You?

At Montee Dental Co., we follow a comprehensive set of procedures that begins from a thorough examination of your condition. Only then do we determine the right treatment course for you.  This can include assessing your oral health history, imaging, followed by multiple dental exams. You can be referred to specialists like a neuromuscular expert or oral surgeon after examining your condition.

Bottom Line

All in all, regular appointments with your dentist are a key to maintaining your oral health.  If you wear occlusal guard for the above-mentioned reasons, it is very important to see a dentist for its refitting and adjustment.   

We at Montee Dental Co. guarantee you the best treatment.  Call us at (615) 471-4727 to schedule an appointment to lead a TMJ pain-free, and healthier life.


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