Occlusal Appliance Therapy (Bite Guard)
There are many conditions for which we may recommend occlusal appliance therapy, commonly called a bite guard. When deciding what type of occlusal appliance therapy is best for a patient, we examine medical and dental history, a patient’s joints, muscles, occlusion, posture and habits. There are many diagnostic, therapeutic and restorative options to consider based on a patient’s symptoms. These include, but are not limited to, stress/behavior management, occlusal appliance therapy, acupuncture, medication (the addition or elimination of, after consultation with your physician), and botulinum (BOTOX®) therapy.
Symptoms of Needing Occlusal Therapy
Please consider requesting an occlusal analysis appointment with either Dr. Chad Colson or Dr. Jill Colson if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- jaw joint pain
- limited mouth opening due to pain
- chronic head and neck muscle tenderness
- headaches associated with clenching
- tooth wear or bruxism
An anterior bite plane is a very useful diagnostic tool that we use in our practice. Please watch the following video to understand the purpose behind an anterior bite plane.