Only proper tooth shape and positioning can prevent occlusal trauma during everyday activity (eating, grinding, clenching, etc.).
Mouth guards also referred to as bite guards are an important tool for preventing these problems when they are the most damaging- when you are sleeping.
A bite guard act as a mouth guard for grinding teeth and are the first, least invasive step in treating TMJ disorders and headaches that come from jaw stresses.
Jaw clenching and night-time grinding are becoming a big problem for many stressed out adults. Signs include flattening of the front teeth, craters on the tops of teeth, or notches in the sides of teeth. Tired jaw muscles and headaches can be other symptoms. Custom fit mouth guards can be be a big lifesaver for patients who have suffered from clenching and grinding and many patients who finally get one will tell us they don’t know how they ever lived without it.