Dr. Chris Tsintolas often prescribes night guards and occlusal splints to those in need of additional protection for their teeth, muscles and jaw joints.
Night guards often are appropriate for patients who clench or grind their teeth while they sleep. These habits can cause abnormal tooth wear and cause jaw joints to feel fatigued when your wake up in the morning. Untreated teeth grinding and clenching has the potential to cause serious damage to your teeth. You can fracture your teeth, suffer from chronic headaches, damage your jaw joints, and compromise your periodontal health. Night guards also can be worn during the day for individuals who clench while awake.
For those who experience muscle pain and temporomandibular (TMJ) joint dysfunction, Dr. Tsintolas offers custom-made, removable occlusal splints.
Please notify us if you have TMJ disorder, or you clench/grind your teeth so we can evaluate you and determine if one of these appliances can help improve your condition.