Custom Nightguards – Bellevue, WA
Prevent Chipped and Cracked Teeth While Sleeping
If you find yourself waking up with jaw pain or constant headaches, it’s possible that you have an underlying condition known as bruxism that requires professional treatment. While many people refer to it simply as “teeth grinding,” it’s actually not just a habit that occurs every once in a while. It has the potential to become chronic as well as go undetected for months and even years. At Bellevue Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Taneja can provide a customized oral appliance that not only protects your teeth, but eases your other symptoms as well. Give her office a call to get the process started!
What is Bruxism?
Bruxism is a condition characterized by both teeth grinding and clenching, two habits that generally occur unconsciously and can appear for a variety of reasons. While bruxism can develop as a result of stress, it’s also quite common in people who have a misaligned bite. In other cases, grinding and clenching can occur for seemingly no reason at all. Whatever the cause, these symptoms can lead to the same outcome. That includes worn down enamel, cracked and chipped teeth, stress on the jaw joints, and even the development of TMJ disorder.
Bruxism is quite common, with more than 200,000 cases found each year. The good news is dentists like Dr. Taneja have preventive solutions that work to protect teeth and prevent damage to the oral structures before it can occur.
Signs You Need a Nightguard
Bruxism can often be difficult to catch on your own, but there are symptoms to keep an eye out for. For example, if you notice any of the following, either recently or for quite some time, give our office a call:
- Facial pain
- Tooth sensitivity
- Headaches or migraines
- Pain or stiffness in the jaw joint
- Worn-down teeth
- Broken teeth, fillings, or other restorations
How You Can Benefit From a Nightguard
When you get in touch with our office, we can get you set up for a dental exam to better understand the condition of your oral health and evaluate your symptoms. If we determine a custom-made nightguard is the best option for you, we’ll capture detailed impressions of your smile, then use these as the blueprint for your future oral appliance.
One of the most notable benefits of a nightguard is just how quickly it can begin to reduce your symptoms of facial pain and dental sensitivity. Additionally, nightguards are noninvasive, something that cannot be said for jaw surgery. They are also a much more cost-effective solution and cost a fraction of what invasive treatments require.
Are you struggling with jaw pain or other symptoms indicative of teeth grinding and don’t know where to turn? Don’t wait another moment to contact Bellevue Family and Cosmetic Dentistry for treatment!