At Cahill Dental Care we offer a selection of oral appliances to alleviate symptoms and damage that is a result of nocturnal grinding and clenching habits. We are also trained in fabricating daytime athletic performance appliances. These vary in form, function and fee.

There are two basic nighttime habits:

  • Clenching is a forceful squeezing of the teeth resulting in pressures more than 18 times that of chewing force.
  • Bruxing is an equally forceful sawing or grinding of the teeth.

A patient may clench and/or grind continuously or occasionally. Symptoms that result from this damaging force include:

  • Teeth that feel sore to bite pressure
  • Teeth that feel loose
  • Teeth that are sensitive to temperature or sweets
  • Headaches occurring in the face and temples
  • Migraine headaches
  • Pain radiating to the jaw joint and ear
  • Buzzing or ringing in the ears

During a comprehensive examination, we evaluate our patients for fractured or worn teeth, damaged fillings, shifting teeth and muscle tenderness. Depending upon the frequency and symptoms associated with a patient’s nocturnal habits, a particular style of oral appliance will be recommended.

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