How can we help you?
One of our goals here at White Park Dental is to make sure that each patient leaves our office with a better understanding of their own dental health. Education is the best way to help in making an informed decision regarding your health care from prevention to treatment. If you ever have a question about your health, your care, or our practice, we encourage you to let us know.
We’ve provided some answers to our most commonly asked questions here, so feel free to take a look. If we haven’t answered your question or you would like more information, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 603-225-4143. We look forward to seeing you at your next visit!
TMJ & Bruxism
Frequent headaches are debilitating and significantly affect the quality of your life when you can't focus and think clearly. If you are experiencing headaches regularly, especially in the morning, it could be a sign of bruxism, or clenching and grinding your teeth.
Bruxism typically happens at night, while you're sleeping, so many people don't even realize they're doing it. However, it causes many uncomfortable issues including excessive wear to your teeth, tenderness when biting and chewing, and headaches. Since it's difficult to diagnose this condition without the help of your dentist, be sure to discuss frequent headaches with Dr. Harvey or Dr. Bogacz. Your dentist in Concord, NH can help you determine if you are suffering from bruxism during your routine examination.
Custom Mouth Guards
If clenching and grinding is a problem for you, our dentists will recommend a customized night guard for you to wear while you sleep. A night guard is typically made of plastic that you wear over your teeth to protect them from the damage that bruxism causes. It is comfortable to wear, easy to get used to, and fits much like a retainer.
If you have a soreness in your jaw, it sometimes is located by your ear, since one of our major chewing muscles is right in front of it. When we clench or grind, the muscles are constantly being used and can get tired and achy, and may lead to Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD). If done over time, this may also lead to a click, or slipping of the disc, between the lower jaw and the skull. Sometimes this is uncomfortable and sometimes not.
We recommend scheduling an appointment to look at your jaw, muscles and joint to determine what the source of your symptoms are, and your options. It is always wise to avoid opening really wide, touching your teeth when not eating or swallowing, and avoid hard items such as ice. Avoiding gum chewing and/or repeated actions of your jaw will also lessen symptoms. We look forward to your call!
A custom night guard is made by taking an impression of your teeth so the appliance is fit specifically for your mouth. This allows for a more comfortable and retentive fit so that you will be able to wear this protective device throughout the night.
The material is rigid and durable to provide years of use. It is designed to produce less stress on your jaw joints and reduce Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) symptoms, such as muscle soreness and headaches, over time. It will also act as prevention against wear and breaking of your teeth due to extra forces from clenching and grinding in your sleep. Please contact us to see if a custom night guard may be right for you.