Bite Splints (Night Guards)

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Our experienced dentists may recommend a bite splint to alleviate discomfort and help you enjoy a healthier quality of life. This custom-made oral appliance is designed to fit comfortably and protect your teeth and smile from damage.

What is a Bite Splint?

A bite splint, also known as an occlusal splint or a night guard, is a dental appliance designed to alleviate various dental and jaw-related issues by modifying the way your upper and lower teeth come together, or your “bite.” This type of appliance is typically made of acrylic and is custom-fitted to your mouth by our skilled dentists. Bite splints can come in different forms, but they all serve the common purpose of protecting your teeth and jaws.

When is a Bite Splint Recommended?

Bite splints may be recommended for a variety of different purposes, including:

  • Bruxism (Teeth Grinding and Clenching): One of the most common reasons for prescribing a bite splint is to treat bruxism, a condition characterized by the unconscious grinding or clenching of teeth, often during sleep. A bite splint acts as a cushion between the upper and lower teeth, preventing them from coming into direct contact, which can help reduce wear and tear on tooth surfaces and alleviate muscle tension.
  • Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD): TMD is a painful condition that affects the jaw joint and the muscles surrounding it. A bite splint can help reposition the jaw and relieve the pressure on the joint, reducing pain and discomfort.
  • Tooth Misalignment: In cases where there are minor dental misalignments or discrepancies in the bite, a bite splint may be recommended to help correct these issues gradually.
  • Protection During Sports: Athletes who engage in contact sports are prone to dental injuries. A custom-made sports mouth guard, which is a type of bite splint, can protect teeth and jaws from traumatic impacts.
  • Relief from Headaches: Some tension headaches and migraines can be attributed to dental issues, such as bruxism or an improper bite. A bite splint can potentially alleviate these symptoms by addressing the underlying dental problems.

Schedule An Appointment

To learn more about bite splints in Dallas, Texas, and schedule your consultation with Dr. Mazin Nakhleh, Dr. Laura Fisher or Dr. Shohreh Sharifi, please contact Park Central Dental today at 214-340-9696.