Mouth Guards in West Seattle
West Seattle Family Dentistry
People who grind or clench their teeth may wake with a headache, earache or toothache. The facial muscles may be sore and the jaw joints tender. Overtime the pressure from clenching and grinding can damage the teeth and jaw joints. The outer layer of the tooth is worn away causing the teeth to become sensitive to temperature changes and pressure. Habitual clenching of the teeth will also cause recession and tooth mobility.
At West Seattle Family Dentistry we have help you determine what factors may be involved in your clenching/grinding and help you break the pattern. Common causes are:
- Sleep Apnea
- Acid Reflux
- Joint problems
- Abnormal bite
A common way to protect your teeth from the damage of habitual clenching/grinding is a custom night guard. West Seattle Family Dentistry will fabricate a custom made night guard that slips over the teeth in one jaw and prevents contact with the opposing teeth. The night guard relives some of the pressure of grinding and clenching, allowing for more relaxed jaw muscles.
Athletic Guards are made of soft plastic and are recommended to protect the jaw and teeth during physical activity and sports such as boxing, hockey, football, basketball, or other activities where your mouth may get hit. In addition, these guards protect the soft tissues of your tongue, lips and cheek lining.
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