Nightguards

If you often wake up with jaw pain, earaches, or headaches, or if you find yourself clenching or grinding your teeth, you may have a common condition called bruxism.

Although the causes of bruxism are not really known, several factors may be involved. Stressful situations at home, school, or work, problems in sleeping, an abnormal bite, and crooked or missing teeth may contribute to bruxism. Many people do not even know that they grind their teeth, as it often occurs when one is sleeping. If not corrected, bruxism can lead to broken teeth, cracked teeth, damaged restorations, or even tooth loss.

There is an easy, non-invasive treatment for bruxism: nightguards. Nightguards are an easy way to prevent the wear and damage that teeth-grinding cause over time. Custom-made by your dentist from soft material to fit your teeth, a nightguard is inserted over your top or bottom arch and prevents contact with the opposing teeth.

Choosing the right mouthguard is essential. There are three basic types of mouthguards: the pre-made nightguard, the “boil-and-bite” nightguard, and a custom-made nightguard from our office. When you choose a nightguard, be sure to pick one that is tear-resistant, comfortable and well fitted for your mouth, easy to keep clean, and does not prevent you from breathing properly. A nightguard created in our office will fit all these requirements, as it will be custom-made just for your teeth.

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“After several horrific experiences with different dentists, I went in search for something better. "Pain free dentistry" is the term I associate with Dr Chaiken. His patience, consideration and attention to detail have made this process as painfree as is could be. In addition, every member of his staff is equally supportive and friendly. I highly recommend Dr. Chaiken!” - Jacque M. “I walked into your ofiice with a mouth of pain and infection. I was advised that I could have died from the infection ... with medication and oral surgery I was started on the road to rebuilding my mouth. I am happy to say I’m alive because of the attention Dr. Paul Chaiken gave to me. I have a new mouth and am now able to eat everything. Thanks, Dr. Chaiken” - Paul G. “I have EXTREME dentophobia; I should say I used to have it. Paul’s exceptional and considerate care has allowed me to relax and enjoy my visits to the dentist. He replaced a poorly designed bridge and my entire experience was easy, painless, and brilliant ... he employs a very thoughtful, very considerate staff ... more importantly, they are always in a good mood. As far as I am concerned, Paul’s my dentist for life.” - Chris G.
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