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Michael Baker, D.D.S.
Creating Beautiful Smiles

Occlusal Bite Splints

Bruxism is a term that refers to an incessant grinding and clenching of the teeth. People are often unaware that they have developed this habit, and often do not know that treatment is available until damage to the mouth and teeth have been done. Symptoms may include:

  • abraded teeth
  • facial pain
  • overly sensitive teeth
  • tense facial and jaw muscles
  • headaches
  • dislocation of the jaw
  • damage to tooth enamel
  • popping or clicking of the jaw joint
  • tongue indentions
  • damage to the inside of the cheek

Specific treatment for bruxism will be determined by  Dr. Baker. In most cases, bruxism can be successfully treated. Treatment may involve a specially-fitted acrylic mouth appliance known as an Occlusal Bite Splint or Nightguard. This appliance is made by a certified laboratory. Occlusal Splints are usually worn at night to absorb the force of biting and to help prevent future damage to the teeth and jaw.