Occlusal Guards

Dentist in Bridgeton, MO

At the dental office of Dr. Kevin Burgdorf, DDS, we’re dedicated to not just enhancing your smile, but also improving your overall quality of life. For many, unseen conditions like bruxism (teeth grinding) and TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder) can lead to significant discomfort and long-term dental issues. Our practice in Bridgeton, MO, specializes in diagnosing and treating these conditions with personalized occlusal guards, designed to offer relief and protection for your teeth and jaw.

Understanding Bruxism and TMJ

Bruxism and TMJ are conditions that often go unnoticed but can have profound effects on your oral health and daily comfort. Bruxism involves the involuntary grinding or clenching of teeth, typically during sleep, which can lead to tooth wear, fractures, and jaw pain. TMJ disorders encompass a range of issues affecting the joint that connects your jaw to your skull, leading to pain, difficulty chewing, and even lockjaw in severe cases.

Why Choose Custom Occlusal Guards?

Dr. Kevin Burgdorf, DDS, brings extensive experience in treating patients with bruxism and TMJ through the use of custom-fitted occlusal guards. Unlike over-the-counter options, our custom guards are designed to fit the unique contours of your mouth, providing optimal comfort and effectiveness. Here’s why our custom occlusal guards stand out:

  • Personalized Fit: Each guard is meticulously crafted to match your bite and jaw alignment, ensuring a comfortable fit that effectively prevents grinding and protects your teeth.
  • Durable and Discreet: Made from high-quality materials, our occlusal guards are both durable and discreet, allowing you to wear them without feeling self-conscious.
  • Preventive Care: By addressing bruxism and TMJ early on, our occlusal guards help prevent further dental damage, saving you from more extensive and costly treatments down the line.

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Your Path to Relief

The process begins with a thorough evaluation by Dr. Burgdorf, who will assess your symptoms, examine your jaw and teeth, and discuss your health history to determine if an occlusal guard is right for you. Impressions of your teeth will then be taken to create your custom guard. Once your occlusal guard is ready, you’ll be invited back to our office for a fitting, ensuring it feels comfortable and functions as intended.

Caring for Your Occlusal Guard

Maintaining your occlusal guard is simple and essential for its longevity. We’ll provide you with detailed care instructions, including how to clean and store your guard properly. With the right care, your occlusal guard can serve as a long-term solution to protect your teeth and alleviate discomfort.

Insurance and Payment Options

We understand the financial aspect of dental treatments can be a concern. Our office works with most PPO insurance plans and is in-network with Delta Dental and Cigna. We’ll help you navigate your benefits to ensure you receive the coverage you’re entitled to. For those without insurance or needing additional assistance, we offer payment plans through CareCredit, allowing you to receive the care you need on terms that fit your budget.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

If you’re experiencing symptoms of bruxism or TMJ, don’t wait for the condition to worsen. Contact the dental office of Dr. Kevin Burgdorf, DDS, in Bridgeton, MO, at (314) 291-9000 to schedule your consultation. Our team is committed to providing you with the relief you need and the personalized care you deserve. Let us help you take the first step towards a more comfortable and healthy smile.


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