While you may think clenching and grinding are natural and your teeth are strong enough to bear it, the reality is that your jaw is a very strong joint and applies a great deal of pressure on your teeth. Grinding and Clenching not only wear down the surface of your teeth but can actually cause cracking and loss of teeth.
Mouth guards are great for protecting your teeth during sports or other activities but when you sleep with a loose mouth guard, it can cause more trouble than it helps. We often prescribe an occlusal guard for clenching. The occlusal guard clicks onto your teeth and cushions the bite so that TMJ and wear issues are mitigated.
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