Bruxism, commonly known as teeth grinding, can be a serious condition that will eventually result in wearing down the teeth, and extreme discomfort. Teeth grinding can be related to and caused by stress, anxiety, certain medications, or hereditary traits. If patients are experiencing discomfort in their jaw or teeth, chipped or worn down teeth, or difficult sleeping due to teeth grinding, then they may be suffering from bruxism.
Overtime, bruxism can be detrimental to a patient's oral health. One solution that Beachwood Dental offers to our Los Alamitos, CA patients is creating a custom night guard, a protective tray that a patient wears to bed at night to protect the teeth and prevent any further damage from teeth grinding.
What to Expect
If patients are suffering from bruxism and other treatments seem to be ineffective, then our dental team will recommend night guards to help remedy the issue of teeth grinding. Patients will have an impression of their teeth taken and custom, translucent trays made for them, which can take about 1 – 2 weeks to create. Once the night guards are successfully fitted and are comfortable, patients can take them home and wear them at night while they sleep to prevent the teeth from grinding together. Other possible solutions for bruxism can be discussed with our dental team as well.
If patients receive night guards as a solution for bruxism, then regular cleanings of their trays should become part of their routine. Using a tooth brush and toothpaste can help remove any bacteria or food that may be stuck in the night guards. When the trays are not in use, they should be stored in their proper case to prevent bacteria or dirt from building up. Patients should bring their night guards with them to follow-up appointments to ensure that the quality and fit are still optimal. If patients are experiencing an uncomfortable fit, then they should contact our Los Alamitos, CA office to have them adjusted.
Protect Your Teeth
If you're suffering from the effects of bruxism, and are seeking an effective solution, then we encourage you to contact our Los Alamitos, CA office. Our award-winning dental team can discuss your needs and treatment options with you to protect your teeth.
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