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Brux Guards

Do you clench or grind your teeth at night?

You may have a common condition called “bruxism” and Indianapolis Dentistry may have a solution for you called a “brux guard”. Bruxism is the medical term used to describe the casual clenching (tightly holding top and bottom teeth together) or grinding (sliding teeth back and forth over each other) of one’s teeth that typically occurs while sleeping. The cause of bruxism is not uniformly agreed upon, but triggers include daily stress, anxiety, anger, pain, frustration, and certain sleep disorders.

A mouth guard called a “brux guard” efficiently and effectively reduces pain, prevents permanent teeth damage, and reduces clenching as much as possible. 

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A brux guard is a bite plate that can be fitted easily and accurately at chairside in minutes, resulting in a safe, comfortable and efficacious solution for bruxers.

The secret of brux guards are in their combination of plastics that create a bite plate that is soft against the teeth but hard at the base to eliminate bite-through.

Bruxism

Whether or not bruxism causes pain and other problems depends on:

  • How much stress you are under?
  • How long and tightly you clench and grind your teeth?
  • Are your teeth misaligned?
  • How are your sleeping habits?
  • How is your ability to handle stress?

Chronic bruxism puts repeated pressure on the muscles, tissues, and other structures around your jaw, which can lead to more serious jaw problems to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Unfavorable symptoms of TMJ may include (but are not limited to):

  • Anxiety, stress, and tension
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Headache
  • Hot, cold, or sweet sensitivity in the teeth
  • Insomnia
  • Sore or painful jaw
"It is important to identify and treat symptoms of TMJ early in order to avoid severe and chronic future jaw pain. Treating the underlying bruxism is a necessary first line of defense! Don’t wait until bruxism limits your daily/nightly activities and enjoyment in the things you love! If you have trouble sleeping at night, you might also be interested in our sleep test and sleep treatment. We have a home sleep study to determine whether or not you could benefit from a snoring appliance that can help you sleep better at night"
—Dr. Ted Reese