Nightguards in Issaquah
Problems with teeth grinding? Our Issaquah dentist uses nightguards to protect your smile!
If Dr. Vanama has diagnosed you with bruxism, it means that you habitually clench your teeth. This usually takes place unconsciously as people sleep. Bruxism may not sound like a serious problem, but it can cause chronic jaw, ear, and face pain in addition to poor sleep quality and erosion of tooth enamel. The latter problem puts you at higher risk of tooth decay and cavities. Frequent grinding of your teeth can also cause headaches, broken teeth, chipped teeth, and even loss of teeth.
Many people assume that stress is the cause of bruxism, but this isn’t always true. Other lifestyle factors, such as poor sleep and exercise habits, can also play a role. Improper alignment of the teeth is yet another potential cause. If you are suffering from bruxism, it’s important to schedule an appointment with your dentist in Issaquah as soon as possible.
Nightguards as a Treatment for Bruxism
Dr. Vanama prefers to use the most non-invasive and conservative treatment method for this condition. When you come in for an appointment, she will take an impression of your teeth and forward it to our dental laboratory for processing. Our technicians create a customized nightguard that fits the shape of your mouth perfectly. Nightguards are made from soft material and fits directly over your top and bottom rows of your teeth. Your nightguard prevents you from grinding your teeth as long as you wear it consistently.
Lifestyle Changes to Treat Bruxism
You can do several things to stop chronic teeth grinding in addition to wearing your prescribed nightguard. These include:
- Reduce the stress in your life as much as possible. Let go of the things you can’t control and take the time to engage in relaxing activities and enjoyable hobbies.
- Avoid caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol in the evening hours. These substances are known to make bruxism worse.
- See a sleep specialist if you have difficulty getting regular, restful sleep each night.
- If you sleep with a partner, ask him or her to let you know about any unusual sounds during the night. You should report these to Dr. Vanama so she can change your treatment program if necessary.
Keep your bi-annual preventive care appointments. This allows Dr. Vanama to detect signs of bruxism and have a customized nightguard made for you to treat it.
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