What are occlusal guards?

Occlusal guards are dental appliances made of plastic that are worn at night to prevent and treat a number of conditions. Custom made for your smile, occlusal guards are easy to wear and comfortable to sleep in. They are shaped like a horseshoe and fit snugly over your smile. Occlusal guards are also called night guards or mouth guards. Dr. Obiora E. Nkwonta, our accomplished dentist, works hard to ensure that your occlusal guard fits properly.

What are occlusal guards used for?

We may suggest occlusal guards for a variety of reasons. Generally, occlusal guards are suggested to treat bruxism, or the clenching and grinding of teeth at night. There are a number of complications that arise with bruxism, including headaches, facial soreness, and worn teeth. If left untreated, bruxism can eventually lead to tooth decay and tooth loss. We may also use mouth guards in Seattle, Washington to gently shift your lower jaw, preventing snoring and sleep apnea. Our goal at Lake City Way Dental Center is to help you achieve the better night’s rest and lasting oral health that you deserve. For more information about our excellent occlusal guards, please contact our dental office today. We are grateful for the chance to serve you and your family.