Dr. Brian Han may recommend a night guard if you suffer from bruxism. Bruxism, or teeth grinding and clenching, can occur during the day or night, but it is more common at night while you are asleep. In many cases, you may not even be aware that you are grinding your teeth while asleep. Some common symptoms of nighttime grinding include:
- Increased tooth sensitivity
- Cracked, broken or fractured teeth
- Excessively worn down teeth
- Indentations on the sides of your tongue
- Flattened teeth
- Headaches and pain in your face, jaw or ears
- Tightness and fatigue in your jaw upon waking
- Developing TMJ disorders
A night guard is a custom oral appliance that is designed to fit your mouth perfectly. This appliance prevents your teeth from touching, cushioning them and protecting against damage from teeth grinding and clenching and relieving pain and discomfort caused by grinding. Once the damage has been halted and the condition brought under control, our dentist will be able to evaluate your mouth and jaw and create a customized treatment plan to help you regain your oral health and smile.
We invite you to call Newport Dental at 425-641-5303 to learn more about night guards in Bellevue, Washington, and schedule your consultation with our experienced dentist.