The dentist at Hog's Back Dental Centre in Ottawa offers patients dental appliances such as mouth guards, bite guards and anti-snoring devices to help patients.
Bite guards may be recommended for patients who are experiencing headaches, sore, and stiff jaws that may be caused by teeth grinding or clenching.
What is bruxism?
Bruxism, also known as night teeth grinding, can lead to:
- Clicking or tenderness of the jaw joints
- Sore and stiff jaw muscles
- Earache or headache, particularly in the morning
- Issues with chewing
- Neck and shoulder pain
How do you treat bruxism?
Step 1: Understand the source of this pain. It is important for both you and your dentist.
Step 2: Relieve the symptoms. The muscles can be stretched and relaxed with certain exercises. Your dentist may recommend pain medication along with a bite guard to help relieve symptoms.
Step 3: The bite guard, also known as splint therapy, will help you break the cycle of teeth clenching and grinding.
How do bite guards work?
During the night your teeth may be clenched and therefore, grinding. The bite guard helps by propping open your bite and protecting your teeth from direct wear.
Mouth guards, also known as sports guards, are important to protect teeth during sports.
Why do I need a mouth guard?
We offer mouth guard services for patients as young as 5 years old. Since many sports require the use of a mouth guard to ensure the safety of children's teeth, we recommend that they have a good-fitting mouth guard. Adults can also get custom mouth guards for recreational sports.
How do we make mouth guards?
At Hog's Back Dental Centre, we are able to make a mouth guard that is custom to your child's teeth. We will take an impression of your child's teeth and create a customized mouth guard to fit their mouth.