Teeth clenching is a natural stress response. But when teeth clenching morphs into full-blown teeth grinding (also known as bruxism), it can lead to headaches, jaw pain, and other symptoms. Thankfully, you don’t have to live with these symptoms. At North Bay Smiles in Petaluma, California, we offer custom-made mouth guards to protect your teeth and overall health.
Symptoms of teeth grinding
Bruxism usually occurs while sleeping since you are not conscious to notice and stop the behavior. Common symptoms of teeth grinding include:
- Jaw pain and stiffness
- Worn-down teeth
- Poor sleep
If you wake up in the morning feeling tired accompanied by headaches, bruxism could be the culprit. And instead of “waiting it out” and hoping things will get better, you should seek an appointment with a dentist for treatment.
Treating bruxism with custom-fitted mouth guards
If you notice you have bruxism, it’s best to seek treatment before matters get out of hand. For instance, treating worn-down teeth is expensive if you have to install crowns or veneers. Fortunately, we can fix your issue before it leads to costly restorative treatments. We offer custom-made mouth guards that act as a physical barrier to protect your teeth from grinding. Besides, a mouth guard is pivotal in alleviating headaches, jaw pain, and other symptoms.
Because we want your mouth guard to fit snugly, we begin the process by taking your bite impressions. We then send these impressions to a dental lab to fashion your mouth guards. When your mouth guards are ready, you will book an appointment with Dr. Yvonne Szyperski to try them out, and any necessary adjustments will be made if they feel uncomfortable. Wearing mouth guards may feel awkward at first, but you will get used to them after a few nights. In addition to protecting your teeth, they also curb any snoring problems you may have.
Wake up refreshed and pain-free
Are you ready to win the battle against teeth grinding? If you are in Petaluma, CA, and the surrounding area, please book an appointment with North Bay Smiles. We recommend custom-made mouth guards to offer protection for your teeth and overall health against bruxism. Call (707) 306-8001 to schedule an appointment.
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