Chronic teeth grinding, technically called bruxism, is a condition that affects patients of all ages. Unfortunately, many people don’t know they have the condition because it often happens subconsciously at night when sleeping. While bruxism sufferers may not be aware of their condition, the symptoms are a constant reminder of the dangers of bruxism. Chronic tooth grinders wake up to morning headaches and jaw soreness; long-term effects include cracked or loose teeth.
Gentle Dentistry of Newnan PC understands the destructive effects of bruxism on your oral health and overall well-being. Dr. Ria Sahara and the team in Newnan, Georgia, offer a customized nightguard to overcome teeth grinding for a pain-free lifestyle. Our bespoke mouthguards are custom-fitted using the imprints of your teeth to provide a comfortable and superior fit.
Teeth grinding is a common condition that affects millions of people, from children to adults and anyone in between. Although the exact cause of teeth grinding isn’t known, stress, sleep apnea, poor teeth alignment, and certain medications have been linked to this condition. Whatever the cause, bruxism exerts pressure on your jaw muscles and joints, causing soreness and gradual wear and tear.
The common symptoms of teeth grinding include:
Furthermore, teeth grinding causes gradual wear of the enamel, which increases the chances of cavities and decay. Also, bruxism exerts excessive force on teeth, far more than what they’re designed to withstand. Over time, this repeated and intense pressure can weaken the ligaments that hold your teeth in place and damage the surrounding bone structure, resulting in loose or misaligned teeth.
Dr. Sahara treats teeth grinding with a customized oral appliance. This mouthguard, similar to a retainer, is worn at night over the upper or lower teeth, acting as a barrier between your teeth. A nightguard absorbs the bruxism-induced pressure, protecting your teeth from damage. This nightguard also shields the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), reducing tension on this joint and the muscles attached to it.
While you can opt for generic oral appliances, our bespoke mouthguards provide a superior fit because they are made to the specifications of your teeth and other oral structures. Once you slip them in your mouth, they fit snugly, allowing you to breathe normally and even drink water.
Besides comfort, our mouthguards are made from strong and durable materials to withstand the pressure transferred to them. This way, our mouthguards offer optimal protection and last years, making them an incredible investment.
Caring for your dental appliance is inexpensive and straightforward. After use, rinse your appliance in warm water to wash away saliva and food debris — avoid using hot water as it can deform your device. When not in use, store it in a dry, well-ventilated container.
Don’t let bruxism take control of your health, while treatment involves a simple nightguard. To overcome teeth grinding in Newman, Georgia, please call or text (470) 686-6667 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ria Sahara.
Dr. Ria Sahara is dedicated to providing the highest quality dental care. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science and a Doctor of Dental Surgery. Dr. Sahara completed an Advanced Education General Dentistry Residency at the University of North Carolina, where she acquired the most recent dental methodology and techniques, focusing on comprehensive care planning.
Dr. Sahara is licensed to practice in Georgia after passing the North Eastern Regional Boards. She has been in the field since 2007. Dr. Sahara is a member of the American Dental Association, the Georgia Dental Association, the North Georgia Dental Society, and the TLOD APC Atlanta Peachtree Chapter, which is recognized for giving back to the community and is particularly proud of its mentorship program.
Dr. Sahara eagerly anticipates helping you with all your oral needs with gentle care while ensuring your trust is always in excellent hands, regardless of what you require!