If you grind your teeth at night, you’re at risk of headaches, jaw pain, tooth damage, and other oral health issues. Fortunately, a simple solution for clenching and grinding is within reach at the office of board-certified family dentist So Young Park, DDS, in San Jose, California. She and her highly trained team offer custom-fit mouthguards to protect your teeth and keep your smile beautiful. Schedule an appointment at her Willow Glen office by phone or online to find out if a mouthguard is right for you.
Custom-fit mouthguards at So Young Park, DDS, are devices you wear in your mouth at night when you sleep to protect your teeth, gums, and jaw from the effects of clenching and grinding. You might grind your teeth at night because of stress, young age, genetics, some medications, family history of teeth grinding, or certain medical problems. Mouthguards can offer you relief.
If you clench or grind your teeth at night, you might experience the following signs and symptoms:
Complications associated with clenching and grinding include temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ), which can cause jaw discomfort or clicking when you open and close your mouth.
To find out if you’re a good candidate for a mouthguard, also known as a night guard, Dr. Park and her team review your oral health history, ask about symptoms you may have, and examine your teeth. They might take dental X-rays to detect or rule out specific oral health issues.
If you experience or are at risk of tooth damage associated with clenching and grinding, wearing a mouthguard when you sleep is a good idea.
Dr. Park recommends a specific type of mouthguard that best matches your personalized needs, lifestyle, and preferences. She can take a mold of your teeth or digitally scan your mouth to develop a mouthguard that fits your bite perfectly.
When your new mouthguard is ready, she and her team ensure it fits comfortably and make adjustments if needed. You can begin wearing the mouthguard at night when you sleep to protect your teeth from damage.
Other ways to ensure optimal oral health include brushing at least twice daily using fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily, not chewing on ice or other hard objects, and seeing Dr. Park and her team every six months for professional teeth cleanings and dental exams.
To prevent tooth damage associated with clenching and grinding, schedule a consultation with So Young Park, DDS, by phone or online to get fitted for a mouthguard.