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Did you know that bruxism, also described as teeth grinding, can lead to a long list of dental problems? This is why Drs. Tracey Nguyen, Steven Frames and the team at Lansdowne Dental Care encourage patients with this issue to explore our options for night guards. As your trusted dentist, we want to ensure your optimal oral health over the long term, and so we offer night guards for a number of issues beyond bruxism alone.

Are You A Candidate For Night Guards

Tooth grinding is not limited to unconscious hours of sleep, and millions of people grind their teeth unconsciously throughout the days as well as the nights. Caused by such issues as stress and anxiety, it is also due to a misaligned bite, sleep disorders and jaw issues such as TMD, or Temporomandibular Disorder. People at risk for the condition include those who are overweight, on certain medications and those with certain neurological conditions, too.

Grinding the teeth is clearly a problem, and it can lead to further issues. For example, those who grind their teeth at night often wake with stiffness in the jaw, facial pain, soreness in the teeth and gums, ear or headache and even damages to their teeth. The pressures created when grinding and gnashing the teeth together are tremendous, and whether you have 100% natural teeth or a blend of natural and restored teeth, you will find that grinding damages them all.

For example, patients with crowns and dentures may find that they encounter ongoing tenderness and pain long after the treatments have healed and been in place. This is due almost entirely to pressures created by grinding.

Fortunately, something as simple and easy to create as night guards are often the remedy. Drs. Tracey Nguyen, Steven Frames and the team at Lansdowne Dental Care are happy to assess patients and determine if their tooth grinding or jaw clenching can be remedied (or the damages alleviated) through the use of night guards.

If they determine that you are a good candidate, they will use our high tech imaging tools to and custom molds to make a perfectly fitted night guard. You will be able to comfortably and safely wear this during your regular hours of sleep in order to alleviate the problems caused by the teeth grinding together.

You might even find that wearing it during stressful times of day – such as during your morning and evening commute – can help to reduce the discomfort and damages caused by clenching and grinding.

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Other Reasons for Night Guards

Of course, the team at Lansdowne Dental Care might also suggest a night guard for a patient we have diagnosed with TMD. Also known as TMJ, it is an issue that affects the largest joint in the human head – the temporomandibular joint that connects the lower jaw to the skull.

This is one of the most power and flexible joints, but for reasons that science has yet to determine, it can start to malfunction and cause a great deal of pain. It is usually suspected when a patient visits and complains of difficulty opening or closing the mouth, experiencing moments when it feels the jaws have locked open (such as when yawning and the jaws refuse to comfortably close), hearing bizarre popping and cracking sounds when using the joint, pain and tenderness at one or both sides of the jaws, chronic head and neck pain, ringing in the ears, and sudden onset of bruxism.

Drs. Tracey Nguyen, Steven Frames and the team at Lansdowne Dental Care will gladly work with patients displaying such symptoms, and use our advanced x-ray equipment to make an accurate image of the skull. It can be incredibly useful in determining whether the bite is far out of alignment or if there are functional issues causing the symptoms.

If TMD is diagnosed, there are many ways to go about alleviating it, based almost entirely on the findings of the imaging and the symptoms displayed. For example, one of the simplest solutions is to fabricate customized night guards that help to hold the jaws in a better alignment and prevent clenching and grinding from causing pain or damage.

There might also be the need to do some restorative dentistry that can include everything from extractions and replacement with implants, crowns or bridges to the use of orthodonture solutions such as Invisalign. It could also be that some dental pain is due to decay and the need for more general dentistry solutions such as fillings or root canals.

Should it be determined that a night guard is the right solution, we can give you tips that make it easier to transition to using a night guard as you sleep. This is not s challenging as many think, and the results are often surprising. Naturally, if you are worried about wearing night guards, you need only think about the consequences of not wearing them.

After all, you experience ongoing pain and damage, and this can lead to the loss of adult teeth, gum disease, and more.

To wear them is actually simple, and the flawless fit achieved by our precise imaging tools ensures an optimal, comfortable, and sleep friendly fit.

Call To Schedule An Appointment For Night Guards

As you can see, there are many reasons that night guards could provide you with a viable solution to your issues. Whether you are someone with a long history of bruxism and night grinding or someone who has suddenly started to experience pain and have been diagnosed with TMD, night guards are an effective remedy.

As we said, to discover whether or not night guards are a viable solution to your issues, we need to do an assessment. Get in touch with Drs. Tracey Nguyen, Steven Frames and the team at Lansdowne Dental Care by using our online contact form or by phoning 703-723-7810. We will be able to provide you with the sort of high-tech imaging needed to determine the underlying concerns and then make a custom guard that prevents further pain or damage.

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