Nightguards for Bruxism in Issaquah, WA
If you're experiencing stress, you may respond by grinding your teeth unconsciously either during the day or while sleeping. This grinding (also called bruxism) will cause pressure that can damage teeth, as well as muscles and tissues in and around the jaw. A nightguard from our Issaquah dental office can help protect your teeth from the damage of teeth grinding.
Problems that can be caused by constant clenching and grinding of teeth include a sore jaw, headache, ear ache, and ear congestion, and it can contribute to problems with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), too. This can lead to neck and shoulder pain as well. Not only that, but teeth grinding can wear down the teeth and cause teeth to come loose or break, leading to various oral health problems. Insomnia and depression may also be related to teeth grinding.
But how can you stop an unconscious habit? Through a thorough evaluation, Dr. Cristescu will check your teeth, tissues, and muscles. Should you be suffering from teeth grinding, we will make a custom intraoral appliance called a nightguard just for you, which can prevent grinding and clenching while you sleep. For many, the nightguard solves the problem, but you may find that you need some additional therapy as well. Other helpful management techniques include anxiety management, facial relaxation massage, stretching the face and neck muscles, heat and ice, rest, and avoiding hard or chewy foods.
If you have any of the symptoms above and might be concerned that you suffer from teeth grinding, give us a call at our Issaquah, WA dental office. We offer nightguards and various other general dental treatments to Redmond, Bellevue, Seattle, and Sammamish, WA.