Teeth are meant to bite and chew food every day of your life. However, if you have a bad habit of grinding teeth, it can have grave consequences for your smile. Chronic teeth grinding and clenching, technically called bruxism, can cause premature tooth wear, headaches, and other unpleasant symptoms.
At Kingsgate Dental, Dr. Ann Kelley has a simple solution for bruxism “near me” in Kirkland, Washington. We offer customized nightguards that fit over your teeth to act as shock absorbers for bruxism-induced pressure. Although nightguards don’t cure the root cause of bruxism, they protect your teeth and health from the destructive forces of teeth grinding.
Bruxism affects millions of children and adults and often happens at night, although some people experience daytime bruxism. Bruxism can suck the health out of your life. If you suffer from this condition, you know how adversely it can affect your life and health.
The common symptoms of bruxism include:
Although bruxism affects millions, medical doctors haven’t been able to pinpoint its exact cause. However, stress, poor teeth alignment, certain medications, genetics, and sleep disorders like sleep apnea have been linked to bruxism. Whatever the cause, bruxism should be treated immediately before it causes irreversible damage to your smile.
Your bruxism may have taken a toll on your health for years, but treatment is more straightforward than you think. Dr. Kelley uses a custom-fitted mouthguard to combat bruxism. This oral device fits snugly over your lower and upper teeth and prevents them from making contact. Instead of the teeth grinding over each other, they bite into the plastic guard that absorbs the pressure exerted during tooth grinding and clenching.
When used as prescribed, a night guard not only prevents dental damage but also relieves pressure on the jaw muscles, reducing headaches and jaw pain. Our mouthguards aren’t only effective — they fit comfortably and are made from latex and BPA-free material, so expect no allergies.
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