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Remedy Teeth Grinding & Clenching at Mountainside Dental Care

Nightguard Solutions for Yucaipa, CA Residents

Don’t waste another night grinding your teeth; get fitted for a custom mouthguard at Mountainside Dental Care of Yucaipa, CA. If you frequently suffer from a sore jaw, dull headache, or tooth pain when you wake up in the morning, you may suffer from bruxism. Somewhere between 10 to 15% of adults suffer from bruxism, or teeth grinding, according to the American Dental Association. Thankfully, there is also a common solution: nightguards. There is no reason to continue waking up in pain or disturbing others by grinding your teeth in your sleep. Dr. Wolfram of Mountainside Dental Care can get you set up with a custom mouth guard that will protect your teeth and help you sleep through the night.

What Are Nightguards?

A nightguard is a dental appliance that is worn over the teeth overnight. The tray prevents your teeth from grinding together and damaging each other while you sleep. When sleeping, those who have bruxism clench and grind their teeth, which can prove painful in the mornings and also cause devastating damage to your teeth over time. It is not uncommon to be unaware of your condition if you suffer from bruxism. Some people sleep through the clenching and grinding without waking in pain. However, if you frequently wake up with jaw pain, a dull headache, or tooth pain, you should schedule an appointment with us right away. When left untreated, bruxism can cause severe dental damage, which will require much more invasive treatment to fix. With a mouthguard, you can protect your teeth from the harmful effects of grinding and sleeping without visiting our Mountainside Dental Care office for a major procedure.

Custom Nightguards Negate the Effects of Teeth Grinding

Typical mouthguards are sold over the counter at pharmacies. With a prescription from your dentist or doctor, you can purchase a generic mouthguard. To use it, you simply boil the appliance, wait a few moments for it to cool, then bite down on it. By boiling and then biting down on the nightguard, it is able to mold into the shape of your teeth. This is a fine solution for lessening the effects of grinding and clenching your teeth, but they can prove uncomfortable and difficult to wear. At Mountainside Dental Care, we offer custom nightguards that are of a higher quality and superior fit. When you come into our Yucaipa, CA, office for your initial appointment, we will take a professional impression of your mouth to make the custom nightguard. While these are a more expensive option than those which can be purchased over the counter, they are much more comfortable and long-lasting. Don’t waste time or money on a generic nightguard that you’ll dread wearing. Choose the custom fit of Dr. Wolfram’s specially designed nightguards and say goodbye to painful, sleepless nights. After the impressions of your teeth are sent to the lab, you will receive your custom mouthguard within two weeks.

The Dangers of Bruxism

Aside from the jaw pain, headaches, and tooth pain that are often associated with bruxism, grinding your teeth can cause severe damage. When untreated, bruxism can cause gum recession, muscular pain, sensitive or loose teeth, teeth shortening, cracked or broken teeth, and damage to the jaw. In extreme cases, grinding your teeth can cause temporomandibular joint syndrome or TMJ. This condition is characterized by damages to the bone structure of the jaw. When unchecked, it can change the structure of your face. In children, bruxism can be caused by breathing airway issues and cause developmental issues. All that is to say that while teeth grinding may seem like nothing more than an annoyance, it should be taken seriously. Reach out to Dr. Wolfram if you suspect you suffer from bruxism or would like to discuss your symptoms.

Call Us Today for Healthier Teeth & A Better Night’s Sleep

Whether you are notorious for grinding your teeth, or you have experienced symptoms associated with bruxism, you should contact our Mountainside Dental Care office today. Dr. Wolfram is happy to discuss your concerns and evaluate the damage done to your teeth and jaw. Schedule an appointment with us today to get fitted for your custom mouthguard.