Occlusal Splints & Mouth Guards in Vienna, VA
Occasional teeth grinding is very common and experienced by most people at one time or another. For some people, teeth grinding (bruxism) is a chronic problem that can wear down and even destroy their teeth.
Dr. Sanati and Dr. Shahram have helped many people with bruxism and understand that the causes can vary widely from person to person. We tailor treatment to fit your specific needs, and we can usually provide the relief you need with a simple, custom-made night guard – also referred to as an occlusal splint. If you suffer from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), not only do we offer occlusal guards and relaxation techniques, but we also offer EPIC laser pain therapy to provide instant relief. To find out more, please click on the link "EPIC Laser Treatments" for more information.
What Causes Teeth Grinding?
The result of teeth grinding is different for each person. Studies indicate that almost 70% of bruxism is caused by stress or anxiety that affects you while you sleep, often without your knowledge.
Bruxism can also be related to problems with your dental bite. This occurs is when your top and bottom teeth do not meet properly when chewing. Missing or crooked teeth can also lead to teeth grinding and clenching.
How Can an Occlusal Splint Help?
The term “occlusal” refers to the position of your dental bite. Occlusal splints are a simple, non-invasive tool that we use to reduce teeth grinding and protect teeth from wear and tear. The splint is made using an acrylic resin that is designed to gently reposition the jaw as it moves from front to back and side to side. It is custom-made to fit perfectly over a few teeth or all of your teeth.
Are Occlusal Splints Different from Mouth Guards?
An occlusal splint has one specific purpose – to alleviate the symptoms and problems associated with teeth grinding. Mouth guards are used to protect the teeth during sports and other physical activities.
Dentists estimate that up to 39% of dental injuries occur while playing sports. We highly recommend custom mouth guards for protection if you or your child play soccer, baseball, basketball, or football or engage in non-contact activities like rollerblading and skateboarding.
Mouth guards made at Tysons Dentistry are much more effective than “boil and bite” or stock versions. Custom mouth guards are durable, comfortable, and offer the best protection. We create mouth guards using exact impressions of your teeth to ensure a perfect fit that fully protects your teeth. Custom mouth guards that are made to fit your teeth also make breathing and speaking easier.
Tysons Dentistry offers mouth guards designed for sports! The video below shows how Dr. Sanati makes a sports guard designed specifically to fit your mouth. First, the cast is made from impressions that were taken in the patient's mouth. The excess stone to the vestibular borders are trimmed in order to increase the sports guard's retention. Then the cast is ready for fabrication on the vacuum-forming machine. From there the trimmed model cast and sports guard sheet are placed under a heater to soften the lamination material. The mold is then thermoformed and pressurized by the vacuum-forming machine.
Contact Our Office for More Information
Dr. Sanati and Dr. Shahram are highly experienced and trained to find and treat the causes of teeth grinding. We want to help you get the relief you need and protect your teeth from the excessive wear and tear that results from teeth grinding and clenching.
Please contact our Vienna dental office if you would like more information about solutions for teeth grinding or if you would like us to create a custom-made mouth guard for you or your child.