Bruxism, or teeth grinding and clenching, can cause serious damage to your smile. Each night, the teeth can rub against one another, wearing away the enamel and irritating the jaw. Night guards can prevent this and protect the teeth from damage. Each guard is customized to you so that it can fit inside your mouth comfortably. The appliance fits over the dental arch, acting as a cushion and preventing the teeth in the top and bottom jaws from touching. In addition to helping with bruxism symptoms, Chevy Chase Dental Center also provides appliances that help relieve snoring caused by sleep apnea.
If you suffer from nightly teeth grinding or excessive snoring, contact us at 202-362-3353. A member of our team can help you get a night guard in Washington, DC, from our dentists, Dr. Akram Sannaa or Dr. Azin Ghesmati. During your appointment, our team can answer your questions and help you plan an effective treatment for your nighttime symptoms.
What causes bruxism and teeth grinding?
- Obstructive sleep apnea (pauses in breathing caused by collapsed tissue)
- Anxiety or everyday stress
- Some medications and recreational drugs
What causes snoring?
- Overly large tonsils
- Sleeping on one’s back
- A long soft palate
- When the jaw relaxes and compresses the larynx or throat