King House Dental Group
Redlands, CA dentist, Dr. Steve Tatevossian, educates patients on teeth grinding and how it can negatively impact the oral health of his patients. Teeth grinding is common and affects approximately 10 - 15% of adults. It can lead to chipped teeth, movement, tooth pain, headaches, and other symptoms, which can end up damaging the teeth, leading to expensive dental problems.
High-quality, custom night guards, which can be fitting right in our office at King House Dental, then made at a professional dental library, can help patients overcome this condition, also known as bruxism.
Night guards are a helpful appliance for patients who grind their teeth or clench their jaw as they sleep. By using them, they will be able to sleep better while having their teeth and jaw protected.
During a dental appointment with Dr. Tatevossian, impressions are made of the upper and lower teeth and then sent to our lab so the final device can be made. This custom-fit guard is sent back to our office where we work with the patient, ensuring that it fits properly and showing them how to care for it.
Wearing the appliance nightly is important for the overall success of overcoming teeth grinding.
Night guards can last for many years if they are given proper care. They should be cleaned before and after each use. The dentist will offer more specific advice on how to take care of the night guards based on which materials they are made of. Patients should remember to always bring their night guards to all future dental appointments for a general wear check-up from their dentist so they can decide when they need a replacement.
In many cases, dental insurance usually covers a portion of the cost for custom-night guards, especially when ordered by a dentist for teeth clenching. Compared to over-the-counter night guards, custom night guards are more expensive, but are usually more effective in curing and overcoming teeth grinding while sleeping.