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Bruxing (Night Guards)

Modern life is stressful! It can (literally) have you grinding teeth at night, with devastating impact to your smile and oral comfort. Bruxism treatment is one of Dr. John Ravera’s most satisfying services, because he sees the incredibly positive effect it has on quality of life for his patients in the Newport Beach, CA area.

Bruxing (Night guards), Newport Beach

Understanding bruxism causes

The term “bruxism” comes from the Greek word “brukhein,” which means to gnash the teeth. A bruxer usually begins by clenching teeth in early sleep stages, then may grind side-to-side or front-to-back. Anxiety and stress are major factors, but bruxism may also be triggered by malocclusion (abnormal bite), misalignment (crooked teeth), or sleep apnea.

For a bruxer, bite force during sleep can greatly exceed maximum voluntary bite force during daytime. This dramatically accelerates wear on the tooth structures, and may cause chips, fractures, and breakage. It can also damage nerves and roots, and cause gums to recede. Without treatment, bruxism usually results in future dental work such as root canal therapy and crowns.

Meanwhile, you may suffer from:

  • Morning headaches or migraines
  • Chronic sore jaw
  • TMJ problems
  • Facial pain
  • Indentations in the tongue
  • Noticeably worn-down teeth
  • Bite problems
  • Hypersensitivity to hot or cold temperature or sweet
  • Acid reflux (GERD)
  • Snoring/sleep apnea

A properly-fitted bruxism mouth guard helps you stop grinding teeth at night.

How patients in Newport Beach, CA benefit from bruxism treatment

A dental night guard slips over teeth and is worn during sleep. Dr. Ravera takes impressions of your mouth to design a custom-fit appliance, fabricated at a professional dental laboratory. It stays snugly in place and feels comfortable. The thermoplastic material serves as a direct cushion between teeth, and helps to spread bite force evenly over dentition. It relieves strain on the jaw joint, as well. Just as important, the device helps you develop a healthy “mouth open/lips closed” at-rest oral posture.

A quality night guard resists bite-through, for years of use. It is barely noticeable, and you can speak and drink water with it inserted. The appliance is easy to clean with a soft toothbrush and mild toothpaste, and quite portable for travel.

For many patients, night guards/oral splints are the best “insurance” they can buy. The appliance helps to protect teeth from breakage supports the TMJ to reduce joint pain, and allows chewing muscles to relax. Rest your mouth as well as your body during sleep, with bruxism treatment from John Ravera, DDS in Newport Beach, CA949-877-3606.

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