Why am I grinding or clenching my teeth? Our dentist in Granada Hills explains
At Viva Smiles, we help patients with general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry. In addition, we also assist with other conditions that can affect one’s oral health and wellness. Drs. Gohar Hovsepyan and Karen Baghdasaryan work with patients who are dealing with problems such as the grinding and clenching of their teeth.
What causes clenching and grinding?
Some patients clench and grind when they are experiencing periods of extreme stress. Others have this problem all the time. Clenching and grinding of the teeth can cause unwanted damage to the tooth enamel and result in wear and tear. Patients may notice their enamel thinning and their teeth becoming more sensitive. Clenching and grinding can also cause patients to experience chronic headaches and migraines, as well as pain in the jaw and neck. Bruxism is a condition that can be addressed with the use of an oral appliance to reduce the damage caused to the natural teeth.
Oral appliance therapy
When patients complain of clenching and grinding, they are often encouraged to consider oral appliance therapy. This is the use of a special plastic mouth guard that is worn at night to protect the surfaces of the teeth. The oral appliance’s purpose is to reduce the tension and keep the teeth from becoming worn. Additionally, many patients who have stress headaches from the tension may also experience much-deserved relief. Patients wear these mouth guards at night. The mouth guards are easy to clean and care for, and incredibly comfortable to wear.
The team of Viva Smiles is well-versed in assisting patients with a variety of conditions. This includes bruxism. Contact Drs. Gohar Hovsepyan and Karen Baghdasaryan today by calling (818) 900-2800 and scheduling an appointment at our practice located at 17630 Chatsworth Street in Granada Hills, California. We welcome new and existing patients into our state-of-the-art facility for quality, comprehensive dental care solutions for the smile!
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