If you have bruxism or a TMJ disorder, one of the treatments our dentists may recommend is splint therapy and occlusal guards to help protect your teeth, alleviate discomfort and stress and improve your oral health and function. Your custom-made oral appliances are designed to fit your mouth comfortably, providing you with the most noninvasive and effective solution possible. Occlusal guards are available for both day and night time use.

What Are Bruxism and TMJ Disorders?

Bruxism is chronic teeth grinding and clenching. While it can occur at any time, it is most common at night while you are asleep. Bruxism can lead to significant tooth damage, including cracked, fractured, broken and worn teeth, as well as a number of other oral health problems. One of the most successful options for managing bruxism and preventing tooth damage is a type of occlusal appliance known as a night guard.

TMJ disorders are caused when the temporomandibular joints in your jaw become injured, stressed or misaligned. They often result in pain and discomfort when moving your jaw, including while speaking eating and yawning. TMJ disorders may also lead to headaches, migraines and pain in the neck, shoulders and ears. Occlusal guards are often an excellent solution for managing TMJ disorders and improving your oral health and function.

Benefits of Occlusal Guards & Splint Therapy

  • Eliminating daily or frequent headaches and migraines
  • Alleviating jaw pain
  • Preventing teeth grinding and clenching
  • Preventing tooth damage
  • Improving your breathing
  • Improving your overall oral function and appearance

Schedule A Consultation

We invite you to call Wolf and Osborne LTD today at 217-875-7600 to learn more about occlusal guards and splint therapy in Decatur, Illinois, and schedule your consultation with Dr. Kevin Wolf or Dr. Larry Osborne.