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If you often wake up in the middle of the night with jaw ache, ear pain, or headaches, you may be suffering from a teeth-clenching problem. Clenching or grinding of the teeth can cause significant damage to the jaws and the teeth. In the dental world, the teeth-clenching phenomenon is called Bruxism.

If you are suffering from any of these pains and symptoms, you can come to our clinic to have a consultation with Dr. Martinez, our dental expert.

After getting an understanding of your dental concerns, Dr. Martinez will carry out an examination of the mouth to assess the damage caused by teeth grinding. Following this, she will be able to formulate your treatment plan.

Nightguards are the best solution for those suffering from Bruxism. At our clinic, you can get a custom-fitted dental nightguard, which will help you alleviate pain while protecting your teeth at the same time.

What are the causes of
teeth-clenching and grinding?

If you are constantly clenching or grinding your teeth in the night, it is almost always associated with a dental condition called Bruxism. This condition is usually triggered by stress or anxiety caused during sleep. Sometimes, when the person’s bite is not in the ideal position, they may move around their jaw in their sleep, trying to find a comfortable position to rest it on. Other times, Bruxism may arise for no reason at all. Regardless of the reason, nightguards are an excellent solution to address the pain and damage caused by Bruxism.

TMJ dysfunction

TMJ or temporomandibular joints are the small connective tissues that connect the jaw to the skull. These tissues are what facilitate the smooth movement of the jaw when you speak, eat, smile, and laugh. TMJ Dysfunction is caused when these tissues are overworked or damaged, which results in painful jaw movement. Again, nightguards are the best solution for those suffering from TMJ, as it can help you sleep without excess strain and pressure.

What is the process
of getting nightguards?

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If you suffer from Bruxism or TMJ, the best solution for you is to get fitted for nightguards. Our dental experts are specialized in creating the perfect nightguard fit for you. During your appointment, our dentist will take an impression of your teeth. Following this, the specialists at the lab will create a custom-fit set of nightguards that are to be worn over your top and bottom arch, in a way that prevents contact with the opposing teeth.

The nightguards may feel awkward to wear at first, but you will find that your breathing or speech is not affected by using nightguards. With the elimination of discomfort, you will notice that your sleep will improve. A majority of people have reported feeling a dramatic improvement in the pain associated with teeth-clenching and grinding.

The biggest advantage of getting nightguards is that it is a non-invasive procedure. The process will not cause you any discomfort at all and is intended to ease the pain resulting from teeth-clenching.

You will be called in for regular dental check-ups and our expert dentists will inspect the nightguard to ensure that it is not damaged and to identify the markings consistent with clenching and grinding. You will also be given instructions that will help you clean and care for your nightguard correctly.

booking your appointment

Bruxism and TMJ are dental issues that you should not ignore. If you do not get these issues treated with the help of a nightguard, the symptoms will only worsen, causing you more pain over time.

Book an appointment or visit our dental clinic to receive a consultation with our dental experts and to find out more about the treatment plan for nightguards.

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