Occlusal Splints and NightguardsHere at Ronald T Gursky DDS, we are dedicated to helping those in need of splint therapy.

This treatment has been used for many years to treat bruxism, clenching and temporomandibular disorders (TMD).

The purpose of splint therapy is to ensure that your upper and lower jaw come together without tooth contact, reducing both muscle pain and wear on your teeth.

We offer a variety of materials and designs to handle each patient’s unique situation. Full arch guards fit on the upper or lower arch and cover all of your teeth, while NTI splints fit only the front of the mouth.

Your dentist will work with you personally to determine the type of design that works best and fits with your lifestyle. Splints are typically worn for protecting dental work, protecting the teeth from clenching and grinding, and treating TMD.

From the consultation to the at-home care of your splint, we have you covered. Our staff is trained to answer any questions you may have about splint therapy.

It can be beneficial to use a guard, or covering, to protect your teeth from grinding while sleeping. Similar to how a mouthguard protects teeth during sports, this layer prevents damage to the teeth that can occur naturally.

There are a wide variety of different types of mouthguards, ranging from pre-formed pieces to ones that are custom fitted to your teeth and jaws. Some of these can even be formed at home through a boil-and-bite process.

Typically these mouthguards cover your upper teeth only, but in certain instances they are used for the lower teeth as well.

Grinding of teeth can be a serious problem that does major damage to your teeth, so wearing a nightguard is an effective way to prevent this damage.

To learn more about mouthguards and how we can care for your teeth, please contact us today.