Let us help you alleviate jaw pain and stop wearing down your teeth from clenching and grinding.
Many people suffer from clenching and grinding problems because their teeth do not align correctly. This poses a serious threat to not only the teeth and jaw, but puts unnecessary stress on muscles in the head, neck, face, and back. When these muscles are put under stress they can cause migraines, headaches, neck pain, and facial asymmetry. We’ll help reduce clenching and grinding with a custom made mouthguard.
- Migraine and headache relief
- Aid in relieving neck and back pain
- Relieve jaw and facial pain
- Can be a medication free alternative to pain relief
- Less pressure on your teeth
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Why choose us?
Meet Dr. Farhana Oza-Chughtai
New Patient Visit – How it Works
During your first visit we will take some digital X-Rays and see what’s going on inside of your mouth. Then, we’ll learn about your oral health goals and come up with a treatment plan.
Your Mouth, Your Decisions
Once we have shared our recommendations, we want you make the best decisions for yourself. We will never be pushy or recommend treatments that you do not need.
About Teeth Grinding
Normal chewing results in brief intervals of contact between teeth. Under normal circumstances, your teeth should only contact for about 5 minutes each day. Slight amounts of wear over years of use is common.
Sometimes teeth develop a flattened, worn appearance. X-rays may show unusually thin layers of enamel as if sandpaper has been drawn across the chewing surfaces of the teeth. Daily chewing shouldn’t erode the enamel so much.
You Don’t Even Know
Some patients develop a subconscious habit of grinding their teeth, either during the day or at night. In many cases, the abrasive action occurs only during sleep, and for only a few seconds at a time. If you wake up with a sore jaw or a morning headache, chances are you are grinding your teeth during the night. In some patients, enlarged jaw muscles develop on the sides of the face from this nighttime grinding. These muscles are, ounce for ounce, the strongest in the body, which means they can do a lot of unnecessary damage.
The unusual activity not only wears down teeth and strains the overworked muscles, but compressive forces can also damage the complex jaw joints on one or both sides. Damage to the joints may lead to arthritic changes, chronic pain, and popping or clicking. Once these changes settle in, reversing their condition may become impossible.
Avoiding Irreversible Damage
If you’re waking up with a sore jaw or headaches, or you’ve noticed chips or flattening of your teeth, a consult with Dr. Farhana Oza-Chughtai is recommended. The sooner the problem receives attention, the less damage there will be. Often a custom-fit night guard will eliminate the symptoms while protecting your precious enamel.
Daytime habits of clenching or grinding deserve attention too. Dr. Farhana Oza-Chughtai will analyze your bite and make sure they’re moving against each other properly when you chew. Regardless of the cause, reducing the strain on the jaw and your teeth as quickly as possible can save you money and time spent in the dental chair.
HOW DO I KNOW IF MY BITE ALIGNMENT IS CAUSING OTHER PAIN IN MY BODY?
If you are unsure if your bite is creating pain in other areas of your body, consult with us so we may provide you with a proper course of action
IS THERE TREATMENT FOR CLENCHING AND GRINDING?
By rehabilitating your bite and making sure the teeth meet harmoniously, we can relieve you of any pain related to clenching and grinding. You may need a full bite rehabilitation or simply a night appliance.