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Did you know that as many as one-third of adults grind their teeth during the day, and one in ten adults grind their teeth while they sleep? This condition, called bruxism, can be caused by many things: stress, sleep apnea, certain medications, or the use of some drugs can all induce teeth grinding. It’s a serious medical condition that can cause major problems if left untreated.

The symptoms of teeth grinding

Grinding your teeth can cause many uncomfortable symptoms, including

  • Damage to your enamel
  • Wearing down of your teeth to a level of painful sensitivity
  • Pain in your jaw, temple, and even your ears
  • Pain while chewing or talking
  • Difficulty moving your jaw
  • Irritation in your gums
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • In extreme cases, irritation of your partner from the noise if loud enough

Nightguards as a bruxism treatment

If you grind your teeth at night, you should consider getting a night guard. A night guard, which is very similar to a mouth guard worn by athletes, is a thin tray made of plastic or other material that provides a barrier between your top and bottom teeth while you sleep.  This tray helps to alleviate tension and provides cushioning to keep your teeth from wearing down further.

There are three general types of night guards. Over-the-counter solutions include “one-size-fits-all” trays and “boil and bite” trays, which, as the name implies, you boil in water and then bite into to create an impression. While these may work well for mild cases, they can be at best ineffective and at worst uncomfortable or even painful for more serious cases of bruxism.

At Pearly Smile Dental Studio, we offer a third and more effective type of night guard: custom-made. All night guards are custom fitted for comfort and to allow for proper breathing. To create your custom night guard, your dentist will take an impression of your teeth and send it to a dental lab, where it will be printed. From there, all you have to do is insert the night guard before you go to bed and remove it in the morning. Nightguards are very durable and, with proper care, can be used for up to 10 years.

Other treatments for bruxism

There are also some other things you can do to try and stop teeth grinding beyond getting a night guard.

  • You can seek help managing your stress and anxiety by talking to a professional.
  • You can train your jaw to be free and easy rather than clenched by using intentional exercises and checking in with yourself regularly.
  • You should refrain from chewing gum or other objects like pens, which can stimulate your jaw to grind.
  • You should also avoid alcoholic drinks and drinks with caffeine, as these can increase the likelihood that you will grind your teeth.

Schedule your night guard consultation appointment today

If you suspect you might be grinding your teeth at night, set up an appointment with us today. The team at Pearly Smile Dental Studio is ready and willing to help you overcome this uncomfortable condition.


What Our Other Patients Are Saying

Taylor Davis
Taylor Davis
April 6, 2023
This team was very quick to get me in. After my previous dentist went out of business a few years back, I was definitely in need of some major attention/cleaning and they did a great job making me feel comfortable. I had a few fillings that had needed some maintenance work on them and they got me in two days later and repaired all of them with zero pain. Would absolutely recommend this dentistry!
Sarah Young
Sarah Young
March 21, 2023
First experience there was awesome! Everyone is so friendly and so accommodating to scheduling/rescheduling and having no insurance (their no insurance policy is awesome). Love my dental hygienist, Debi, actually followed her to this location from my previous dental office! Highly recommend! Clean, friendly, & accommodating.
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Tasha VH
January 27, 2023
I love my new dentist office!!! The staff is amazing! Dr. Bishara is so caring and gentle. I’m afraid of needles and this is my first time going to a dentist and having a painless visit! I would recommend everyone go to this dental office!
Sydney LaPointe
Sydney LaPointe
January 23, 2023
Incredible service from the moment you schedule with the receptionist! I have never been to a practice where the staff educates you about your coverage and all your options. I know Dr Bishara and her team have my family’s best interest at heart. Not many people can say they actually look forward to going to the dentist!! Book your appointment and you will not be disappointed!
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ERIN Rybicki
January 18, 2023
Went to Pearly Smiles for the first time today for a routine cleaning. I followed hygienist Deb thesr because she has done a great job cleaning my teeth for years. The rest of the staff is friendly and professional. Definitely recommend this dental office.
Yvonne Biddle
Yvonne Biddle
January 12, 2023
I found Dr. Bishara when she was at Gentle Dental and now I will never see anyone else. I had an absolutely horrible experience with my previous dentist and Dr. Bishara was able to fix me up in no time and kept me comfortable throughout. Her work is impeccable and she's so nice. My entire family sees her as well and she's great with my kids. I was scared we'd lose her when she opened her own practice and even went so far as to change our insurance so that we could follow her. Her staff is extremely friendly and Debbie does an excellent job on our cleanings. 10/10 all around.
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angie hana
January 10, 2023
Dr.Bishara is an amazing dentist and is very careful and gentle with her work! Debi is also an amazing and kind hygienist and Jackie is a very friendly assistant. The overall staff and office is super friendly and a clean office! Definitely recommend going here for all your dental needs! :)
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Stas Uncensored
December 7, 2022
Pearly Smile Dental was great! The receptionist was extremely knowledgeable about my referral and insurance coverage. Dr Bishara is personable, friendly and very knowledgeable as well. Everyone else (especially the dental assistant) were welcoming and made me feel very comfortable during my visit. The office was also extremely clean, I will be back for all the work I need done! Would highly recommend!
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