How Occlusal Appliances help Your Teeth last
Traumatic biting forces adversely affect both the teeth and the temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ). This force is caused by clenching the jaw or by grinding the teeth. Often, patients are unaware of clenching and grinding during sleep, and they experience symptoms such as severe attrition, mobility, and abfraction of the teeth, as well as discomfort in the muscles of mastication and limited movement of and pain in the joint (TMJ) itself. Based on an accurate diagnosis, a customized occlusal appliance (night guard) can be designed to be worn during sleep to protect the teeth and minimize stress on the joint.