Custom Night Guards and Mouth Guards
Do you clench or grind your teeth often? Do you frequently wake up with a sore jaw or a dull headache? You may be suffering from a condition called bruxism (teeth grinding). Bruxism can lead to serious problems for your teeth due to excessive forces and aggressive wear exerted on your teeth. Some of these problems include loss of tooth structure, a decrease in tooth height, and an increase in the likelihood of tooth fracture. For those suffering from bruxism, a night guard may be recommended to halt the progression of tooth structure loss and prevent further wear and tear brought on by grinding.
Night guards are simply clear retainers worn at night to protect the teeth from the significant force caused by grinding. “Boil and bite” night guards can be obtained without a prescription at most pharmacies and can provide protection for your teeth. Dr. Street’s office offers custom night guards that can be made with varying hardness of material to best suit your needs. These custom-made night guards are designed to fit you so that function and comfort are ideally balanced. In order to make a night guard, impressions of your upper and lower teeth will need to be taken. Once the night guard is made, it may be necessary to make adjustments to have an ideal, even bite when you close your mouth.
It is important to note that the night guard’s primary purpose is to protect the teeth; bruxism may or may not be solved by wearing the night guard. There are a number of contributing factors that may lead to bruxism and each of these possible contributors should be discussed with Dr. Street when addressing bruxism:
- Stress (and anxiety) is surprisingly one of the major causes of bruxism. Finding ways to add more times of relaxation in your life is not only beneficial for your overall physical, spiritual, and mental health, but your dental health as well. Ask Dr. Street and his staff if you need help finding a method that can help you with relaxation.
- Poor alignment of teeth can lead to teeth grinding. Orthodontics should be considered to correct this misalignment.
- Diet or even medication can influence teeth grinding. Caffeine and other stimulants have been linked to bruxism. Even certain medications like antidepressants can contribute to grinding as well.
- Sleep apnea can also frequently lead to bruxism. Without proper treatment, sleep apnea can lead to other serious conditions as well.
In addition to custom night guards, Dr. Street and his staff also offer custom mouth guards. Mouth guards are recommended to be worn when there is a potential for injuries near the mouth, such as when playing sports. If you would like a custom mouth guard made, let us know!
Dr. Scott Street and the team at T-Town Smiles provide quality dental care to the Tulsa residents. To schedule an appointment with your Tulsa dentist at T-Town Smiles call (918) 488-9770 today.
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At the office of Dr. Scott Street, we offer stress-free family care using modern technology and an old-fashioned personal approach. We provide a full selection of dental treatments, from routine cleanings to top-quality dental restorations. If you are looking for a full-service family dentist in Tulsa, OK, call us today at 918-481-4922 or use our online Appointment Request form.
Suite 1107 (11th Floor)
Tulsa, OK 74136
Tuesday 8am - 5pm
Wednesday 8am - 5pm
Thursday 8am - 5pm
Friday 8am - 5pm
Additional times are available.
Dr. Scott Street and the team at T-Town Smiles are proud to be the local Tulsa Dentist serving families in Tulsa, Broken Arrow, Jenks, Oakhurst, Bixby, Glenpool and surrounding Tulsa communities.