Clenching & Grinding

Clenching and Grinding is most commonly found in people of the ages 20 through 40. It will often cause discomfort and pain. It can be temporary or last many years. It might affect both sides of your face and is found more in women than in men.

Most people with clenching and grinding may have mild or periodic symptoms. This may improve on its own in about a few weeks and up to a few months with simple home therapy. Some easy practices, such as applying ice or moist heat, eating soft foods, and avoiding extreme jaw movements (wide yawning, gum chewing) may be helpful in soothing symptoms.

More studies are expected on the safety of how most treatments for jaw joint and muscle disorders effect patients according to the NIH. Most professionals strongly recommend using the most conservative, reversible treatments possible. Conservative treatments do not invade the tissues of the face, jaw, or joint, or involve surgery.

Reversible treatments do not cause permanent changes in the structure or position of the jaw or teeth. Even when TM disorders have become persistent, most patients still do not need aggressive types of treatment.

The NightBlock™ Appliance.

Protects teeth as it reduces nighttime clenching and grinding.

  • Decompresses the Jaw Joint
  • Deprograms the musculature to reduce clenching force
  • Allows greater forward movement of the tongue
  • Worn only at night
  • Improves Range of Motion and Maximum Opening

The majority of traditional flat plane occlusal night guards serve merely to protect the teeth – without addressing the root cause(s) of bruxism. What’s more, they can actually worsen Obstructive Sleep Apnea. The NightBlock™ is a patented oral splint that can reduce bite forces and prevent damage from clenching and grinding, while placing the jaw in a favorable position.

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The POD™ Mandibular Splint

The POD™ (Preventive Oral Device) is designed to improve a patients jaw muscle function and protect the TMJ to lesson symptoms such as jaw clenching, tension headaches, neck, shoulder and jaw pain. It can be worn at night time or during the day. The design creates more space for the tongue to move up towards the palate and out of the throat increasing the size of the airway.

Ask your dentist about the POD™ (Preventive Oral Device).
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