Bite guards and bite stabilization treatment available
Dr. Michelle VanDyke and her team at Kentwood Family Dental Care offer a wide range of oral health care solutions, including advanced treatments to correct bite problems. Habits such as bruxism (grinding and clenching teeth) or instability and incoordination of the bite can lead to various tooth and jaw problems. In most cases, these issues can be treated with bite guards and bite stabilization therapy at our practice.
Bite guard therapy
A bite guard for TMJ disorder (temporomandibular joint disorder) or bruxism is a small, lightweight, comfortable appliance that is custom-made to meet your unique needs. Dr. Michelle begins by evaluating your teeth and bite. If she detects instability of the bite, she may recommend a dental splint to improve muscle coordination and protect your teeth. The splint is designed to cover your upper or lower teeth, creating an ideal surface to mesh with the teeth of the opposing arch.
Bite guard therapy can help prevent problems such as:
- Muscle tenderness
- Limited jaw movement
- Sensitive or sore teeth
- Fractured or worn teeth
Bite stabilization therapy
This procedure offers a more permanent solution to an uneven bite, correcting incoordination of the biting muscles. Bite stabilization involves:
- Reshaping and adjusting the teeth.
- Allowing them to meet adequately when the mouth is closed.
- Facilitating free movement front-to-back and side-to-side.
Dr. Michelle may remove a small amount of tooth enamel or add dental material to build up the tooth or a combination. The result is attractively shaped and optimally functioning teeth.
Bite stabilization therapy can:
- Reduce or eliminate excess force on teeth.
- Treat the symptoms of TMJ disorder.
- Improve jaw functionality, reducing muscle pain and fatigue.
- Protect teeth from damage.
Which option is best for you?
Bite guard appliances and bite stabilization therapy accomplish similar goals. The best choice depends on your preferences, as well as the specific details of your bite problems. We recommend visiting Dr. Michelle for an examination and consultation. At this time, she will explain your options and answer your questions to make an informed decision. Call us at (616) 612-1176 to schedule an appointment.