At the dental practice of Dr. Dipika Shah, DDS, we treat many patients who experience some negative effects of bruxism. Bruxism is the term for any regular grinding of the teeth or clenching of the jaw. Chronic teeth grinders often end up needing crowns, bridges, root canals and implants. In severe cases tooth loss can occur, and partial or complete dentures may be needed. Some teeth grinders only grind their teeth while they sleep at night and may not be aware of it. Waking up with a stiff or sore jaw or headache could be a sign you are grinding your teeth at night and shouldn’t be ignored. Schedule a consultation to see what damage you may be doing to your mouth and how a custom night guard can help you.
A custom night guard is the best way to protect your teeth from the dangers of teeth grinding. When we provide patients with custom night guards, the process begins by taking an impression of the mouth. This impression is used to fit a custom product that protects the grinding surfaces of the teeth and aligns the jaw. Night guards are durable and last 10 years with proper care. This is an easy precaution to take if you are a grinder, and can even help improve sleep!
To learn more about bruxism, custom night guards, and all the services we provide, visit www.dentistnj.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Dipika Shah DDS, here in our Holmdel, NJ office, call 732-264-8180.