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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Teeth Grinding and Night Guards

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There’s a lot to consider when it comes to your oral health care. Fortunately, our Glendale dental office is here to help! We pride ourselves on helping our patients stay informed and educated about the benefits of good oral health care.

We’ll spend all the time you need and answer all your questions until we know you have the information you’re looking for. Before we begin any treatment, we’ll explain everything in detail so you know exactly what you can expect.

Here are a few of the questions we’re asked most often, but we know you probably have others. Please don’t hesitate to call our dental office or fill out our handy online contact form, and we’ll be happy to help.

Teeth Grinding and Night Guards

If you grind and clench your teeth (bruxism), it is essential to contact your dentist in Glendale, CA to look into nightguard therapy. Bruxism can lead to TMJ and other health complications like worn teeth, fractures, cavities, headaches, neck pain, and more.

When you grind and clench your teeth—often during sleep—you can damage your temporomandibular joints. These are the joints that connect your upper and lower jaws.

Signs of TMJ include:

  • Popping or clicking sound in the jaw
  • Jaw locking
  • Jaw pain
  • Headache
  • Neck and shoulder pain

If your TMJ results from bruxism, you may also experience:

  • Worn teeth
  • Tooth fractures
  • Toothaches
  • Sensitivity

In some cases, the symptoms of TMJ and bruxism overlap—headaches, neck, and jaw pain are good examples.

Your dentist in Glendale provides bruxism and TMJ therapy to help keep your jaw in line and your teeth healthy. To achieve this, we create a custom nightguard. This appliance gently separates your upper and lower jaw so you can sleep easily and wake refreshed and without the pain.

To Learn Whether a Custom Nightguard in Glendale Is Right for You, Contact Us

Our dentist can evaluate your case, look for the telltale signs of bruxism, and prescribe treatment for you. If you’re ready to get started, we are here to chat.

Woman holding jaw from pain | Dentist Glendale CAIn our Glendale, CA dental office, we commonly treat tooth and jaw pain.

Teeth grinding and clenching while asleep, commonly called bruxism, are among the top reasons people wake with jaw and tooth pain. Left untreated, bruxism can lead to enamel erosion, wear on teeth, cavities, breakage, tooth loss, and is even associated with temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD) or (TMJ). 

TMJ means the hinge-like joint that connects your jaw to your skull is not functioning properly. This can cause headaches, jaw pain, neck pain, locked jaw, and clicking sounds in the joint when speaking or chewing.  

We offer successful treatments for teeth grinding in Glendale, CA. 

Our top Glendale dentist creates custom nightguards, which have saved a lot of smiles. These comfortable nighttime appliances gently thrust your lower jaw forward to prevent grinding and clenching during sleep. 

Our custom nightguards in Glendale, CA are known for ease of wear and provide a gentle remedy to help you get the sleep you need without the pain. 

The first step is scheduling a consultation with our Glendale, CA dentist! 

Get in Touch with Our 91207 Dental Office 

If you are suffering the symptoms of bruxism and would like to be evaluated for teeth grinding and clenching in Glendale, CA, give us a call today.

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