How You Can Prevent Teeth Grinding With Custom-made Night Guards

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Do you find yourself waking up in the morning with a headache? Have you noticed that your jaw is sore, or perhaps your teeth are worn down? The culprit could be teeth grinding, also known as bruxism. You might ignore teeth grinding when sleeping, but when it starts causing facial pain, headaches, and damage to your teeth, it’s time to talk to your dentist.

At Volterra Dental serving residents in Los Alamitos and surrounding areas, we provide custom-made nightguards to reduce bruxism symptoms. But before getting into treatment, let’s get the basics out of the way.

What is bruxism?

Bruxism, also known as jaw clenching or teeth grinding, often happens when under stress or sleeping. When it happens while sleeping, most people are unaware they have the condition, but the following symptoms signal something is amiss:

  • Facial pain
  • Headaches
  • Chipped or overly sensitive teeth
  • Earache
  • TMJ-related pain symptoms, including locking jaw or a popping sound when opening and closing your jaws

Since bruxism symptoms overlap with other conditions, you must book an appointment with Dr. Richard Blackburn for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment options for teeth grinding

At Volterra Dental, we offer customized nightguards made of flexible plastic to fit in your mouth snugly. To make dental guards comfortable for you, we take impressions of your teeth and send images to a dental lab to fashion your appliances.

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New Patients: (562) 501-3188 | Existing Patients: (562) 596-7484


When your dental guards are ready, you will visit our clinic to collect them. But before going home, our doctor ensures they fit comfortably and makes any adjustments if need be. Besides, our doctor will advise you on how to take optimal care of your bite splints.

How to use a nightguard

A nightguard works by absorbing much of the force when grinding your teeth. Simply put, nightguards prevent the grinding force from damaging your teeth. Wearing nightguards is easy, but it will take some time before you get used to them. However, wearing them for short periods during the day can make you adjust to your appliances quickly.

If you are suffering from teeth grinding, you need to take action by dialing (562) 501-3188 to book an appointment with Volterra Dental. We offer high-quality, custom-made nightguards to protect your oral health from bruxism.

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