Do you find that your jaw is tight during the day? Does your sleeping partner bring up that you clench and grind your teeth while you sleep? Have you been diagnosed with TMJ/TMD and are worried about the impact this condition has on your smile? If you are dealing with conditions that cause biting, clenching, and grinding concerns, it may be a great time to talk to the team at McDaniel Family Dental about a custom bite guard for TMJ or bruxism.

What is a custom bite guard?

Patients with poor bite alignment, or those diagnosed with conditions such as TMJ/TMD or bruxism, will benefit significantly from the use of a custom bite guard. Bite guards are specialized oral appliances designed to protect the smile from conditions such as these, which can often lead to wear on natural teeth and breakage of dental restorations. The bite guard not only keeps the bite aligned, but it can provide a cushion between the upper and lower jaw to reduce damage caused by clenching and grinding. It is a proactive way of protecting the smile while reducing jaw tension.

Who is a good candidate for a bite guard?

Any patient who deals with conditions like TMJ/TMD or bruxism may find a bite guard to be a wise investment in their smile. Sometimes, patients are not even aware that they have a bite issue, but signs of damage to the teeth can be easily spotted by a dental professional. Patients who find their dental restorations cracking or becoming loose may benefit from a custom bite guard as well. During an evaluation, our team at McDaniel Family Dental will determine if an individual may need to utilize a bite guard for teeth grinding or temporomandibular joint concerns.

Discuss bite guards for teeth grinding and TMJ

If you are interested in a custom bite guard to protect your smile from damage, now is the time to speak to Dr. Niki McDaniel and Dr. Rebecca Spencer of the Blue Springs, MO area. We are dedicated to providing the best in dental care for new and established patients and families at our facility located at 2150 NW S Outer Road. Patients can call (816) 227-6588 to connect with our front office team and schedule an initial evaluation with one of our experienced professionals.