For high quality, comfortable bite guards and occlusal splints in Atlanta, turn to Dr. James Kincaid and the dedicated professionals at our dental practice. We are a comprehensive dental practice that serves patients who seek the highest standard of dental care and who are interested in establishing a lifetime plan to promote optimal oral health. We offer a full range of bite guards and occlusal splints as part of an overall treatment plan designed to help our patients achieve and maintain healthy, naturally beautiful, long-lasting smiles.
What is Bruxism?
Bruxism is the clenching or grinding of the teeth which can cause significant damage to the teeth and supporting bone. It can also contribute to Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD, but often referred to as TMJ), a common condition which can cause muscle pain, pain or popping in the jaw joints or headaches. The damage to the teeth appears as excessive wear and cracking, or even fracture, of the biting surfaces. The damage to the bone supporting the teeth causes the teeth to become loose, which may then contribute to the loss of bone through periodontal disease. This damage can become extensive before it is noticed by the patient because there is no pain for many years.
Since bruxism often is worse during sleep, most people are not even aware that it is going on. A bite guard or occlusal splint provides a rigid shield to protect the teeth from the damaging forces of bruxism. Since there are different designs and qualities for these appliances, it is important to have one custom designed for your special needs. When correctly designed and skillfully adjusted, an acrylic bit guard or occlusal splint is comfortable and easy to wear.
Early in his career, Dr. James Kincaid received extensive additional training in the proper use of bite guards and occlusal splints. That training, combined with many years of experience in helping his patients, makes Dr. James Kincaid the ideal dentist to help you. If your teeth have excessive wear or mobility or if you have any of the symptoms of TMD, call today to schedule an appointment with Dr. James Kincaid. After a comprehensive oral examination and discussion with you, he will determine if you would benefit from wearing a bite guard or occlusal splint and will recommend the most appropriate design for you.
We all have only one set of adult teeth to serve us for a lifetime. With the possibility of a longer life, it is now more important than ever to give attention to your oral health and protecting your teeth, bone and jaw joints from the forces of clenching and grinding. If you are interested in a comprehensive dental treatment plan that help you achieve long lasting results, please contact our Atlanta Bite Guard and Occlusal Splint Professionals today to schedule a complete oral examination and consultation. We look forward to serving you with the highest quality dental care.