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Do You Need Relief From Grinding Your Teeth?

Our San Jose Night Guard Dentist Offers Prescription Dental Appliances

If you grind your teeth, you might want to consider a night guard. These dental appliances can help with a wide variety of issues. For example, if you grind your teeth, also known as “bruxism”, then you can experience symptoms such as headaches, jaw pain and trouble sleeping. A night guard can provide relief and prevent tooth damage. Furthermore, if your symptoms go untreated, you can face unnecessary problems down the road. For instance, some procedures like root canals and crowns can be prevented with a night guard. If you believe you are suffering from bruxism or temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), our San Jose night guard dentist can help.

At Dental Smiles of Willow Glen, we have been helping our patients recover from bruxism, TMJ and other dental issues for over 40 years. We know how serious the side effects of grinding your teeth can be. When you suffer from these symptoms, they can have a direct and immediate impact on your life. For this reason, we offer a variety of services in a family friendly atmosphere. We can work with your schedule if you need an evening or Saturday appointment. No matter your dental history or current circumstances, we can help restore your smile.

What Is a Night Guard?

A night guard is a dental appliance that acts as a protective barrier for your teeth. This barrier can offer immediate protection and relieve you from symptoms of teeth grinding. Some people use over the counter night guards as a possible remedy. However, these night guards are not made of the same materials and not as good fitting as prescription night guards. For this reason, the best way to find out how a night guard can help you is to contact our San Jose night guard dentist, Dr. Raymond W. Lim.

After an examination, Dr. Lim may prescribe one of the following types of night guards:

  • Soft: The soft night guard is used for mild cases of bruxism. If you only grind your teeth on occasion, this minimally invasive dental appliance can provide enough protection to prevent symptoms.
  • Acrylic: An acrylic night guard is made of a rigid and durable hard plastic called acrylic. If you suffer from severe bruxism or TMJ, an acrylic night guard can offer better overall protection for your teeth.
  • Dual Laminate: A middle of the road solution can be found with a dual laminate night guard, which is soft on the inside of the night guard, but harder on the outside. This type of night guard is very comfortable and offers good protection.

Will a Night Guard Prevent TMJ?

One of the benefits of a night guard is that it can have an immediate and direct impact on the symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ. There are many symptoms of TMJ that can be helped with a night guard. For example, you may experience clicking or popping noises in your jaw, have tender jaw muscles or experience facial pain while yawning. Our San Jose night guard dentist can help personalize a dental night guard that can help with many of the symptoms of TMJ, including:

  • Sleep: When you clench your jaw at night, you cause unnecessary stress on your teeth. This grinding can not only interrupt your sleep, but your loved ones’ as well.
  • Jaw Pain: If you routinely wake up with jaw pain after sleeping, then you might have TMJ. Fortunately, our San Jose night guard dentist can fit you with a mouth guard that can bring your jaw relief.
  • Headaches: Bruxism can cause tension to continually build up in your head. As a result, you might wake up with headaches. Fortunately, our San Jose night guard dentist can bring relief with a customized mouth guard.
  • Avoid Preventable Dental Procedures: TMJ causes tooth damage from excessive grinding and clenching. Since this is the case, if you prevent bruxism by utilizing a mouth guard, you can also help prevent future dental procedures, such as root canals.

Questions About Night Guards? Call Our San Jose Dentist Today

Do you find yourself waking up with an aching jaw and/or headaches? Are you concerned that you may be damaging your teeth by clenching them? Have you noticed tension or symptoms of TMJ or bruxism? You do not need to experience this pain or tooth damage any longer. You deserve to have an experienced and professional dentist examine you and offer options that can bring you relief. If you think you might be grinding your teeth, contact our San Jose night guard dentist, Dr. Raymond W. Lim.

At Dental Smiles of Willow Glen, we offer a full range of dental procedures that can help, no matter what your dental history is. To find out how we can help, contact us online or call our San Jose, California dental office at (408) 978-1888. We offer a family friendly environment and a wide variety of services, including preventative and emergency appointments.

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