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Bite Splint  Do you have worn, flat teeth?  Have you ever chipped a tooth without knowing how it happened?  Are your gums receding?  Do you notice indented notches (called “abfractions”) forming near the gumline of your teeth roots?  How about frequent headaches, neck or shoulder pain?  When looking in the mirror, does one shoulder seem higher than the other?  Does your jaw joint click, pop or lock?  Have you had a history of frequent replacement of fillings?  Any of these signs and symptoms might indicate that you chronically clench or grind your teeth– a condition called bruxism.  Habitual bruxing can occur throughout the day, but it also often occurs while you sleep.  You may not even be aware that you are doing it, especially in your sleep.  Yet the damage eventually shows up on your teeth– flat or pointy front teeth edges, chipping, pitting of biting surfaces (called “wear facets”) on back teeth, and as previously mentioned, abfractions along the gumline.  Your jaw joints can also develop arthritis and bone deformities.  Many patients– and unfortunately, even dentists who don’t know what signs to look for– overlook the damage that can be caused by bruxism.  This neglect can lead to chronic fatigue, chronic muscle and joint pain, and even extensive crown, bridge or implant treatment to reverse the years of resulting damage.  Yet prevention of bruxism damage can be so simple.  Most cases can be treated conservatively with the fabrication of a custom-made bite splint– a lab-hardened, acrylic mouth guard that is usually worn at night.  Bite splints can reduce bruxism forces by up to 80%.  Don’t be fooled by the drugstore bite splints that claim to treat teeth grinding.  These over-the-counter bite splints are too soft (note that they can be “boiled” to fit your mouth).  And what happens when you put something soft and chewy in your mouth?  Yep, you want to chew even harder on it.  But what happens when you bite on something  that is very hard?  You tend to reverse your bite and pull away from the hard substance.  That is why it is so important that you have your bite splint professionally made by a trained dentist like Dr. Fandino.  The easiest way to treat bruxism damage is to prevent it altogether by catching it early. CLOSE +