Bruxism or teeth grinding is a common condition that doesn’t discriminate against sex, age, or race and often lowers the quality of life among its sufferers. Customized night guards are an excellent option for protecting teeth against bruxism-induced pressure. While mouthguards are common for athletes, All Smiles Dental Studio in Encinitas, California, uses night guards to protect your teeth and jaw from the forces exerted as you grind and clench your teeth.
Teeth grinding and clenching happen at night, although some patients experience the condition during the day (daytime bruxism). This behavior is often undiagnosed or difficult to change because the sufferers grind their teeth unconsciously.
While diagnosing bruxism is challenging, certain symptoms can tell something is off. These include:
Researchers and dentists haven’t yet figured out the exact cause of teeth grinding. However, stress has heavily been linked to this condition. Other risk factors for teeth grinding include misaligned teeth, genetic predispositions, certain medications, and sleep disorders like sleep apnea. Whatever the cause, seek immediate treatment when you notice signs of teeth grinding. Untreated bruxism diminishes your quality of life and often requires costly and extensive restorative treatments.
A night guard is a retainer-like oral device that sits snugly over your teeth to cushion them from damage. Although you can opt for off-the-shelf mouthguards, Dr. Ali Shahrokh recommends custom fit nightguards fabricated precisely for your smile.
Instead of a one-size-fits-all approach, our office designs custom-fitted bruxism mouthguards after taking impressions of your teeth. These mouthguards sit snugly in your mouth, offering superior protection for your teeth. Moreover, custom-designed mouthguards allow for normal breathing, resulting in uninterrupted sleep at night.
Continued use of a bruxism mouthguard protects your teeth from damage and takes pressure off the jaw muscles and joints, reducing headaches, jaw pain, and other unpleasant symptoms.
We are located in Encinitas, California, and also serve residents from Carlsbad, Cardiff, Del Mar, and San Marcos.
Dr. Ali Shahrokh, a distinguished graduate in Chemistry from Rutgers University and a Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) from Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, brings over a decade of expertise to his dental practice in San Diego. Committed to improving oral health and well-being of his patients, he utilizes advanced procedures and equipment in a serene dental studio. Dr. Shahrokh's dedication to excellence and extensive experience makes him a trusted authority in the field, providing cutting-edge dental care to his patients.