Teeth grinding at night, also known as bruxism, is an everyday issue that affects many people. While the most obvious sign of damage is deterioration of the enamel of the teeth, nocturnal bruxism can also lead to headaches, tooth pain, inflammation, plus discomfort in your neck and jaw. To guard your mouth from the effects of bruxism, Dr. Justin Becerra provides customized night guards that can defend your teeth while you rest. Custom night guards are made from high-quality materials that fit comfortably and improve the nature of your sleep by reducing jaw clenching and teeth grinding. If you would like to learn more about custom night guards at Alpine Dental Arts, set up an appointment at our Lakewood, CO office.
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"If you’ve ever felt anxiety about going to the dentist - look no more! Alpine Dental Arts provides a dentist, Justin Becerra, DDS, and staff that will ease your worries! My husband and I had been discussing changing our dentist. A friend of our family was insistent that we give her dentist a try, because her entire family was so impressed with them. My husband and I decided to give Alpine Dental Arts a try, and we actually signed up with a new dental plan to make that happen.We were NOT disappointed ~ Dr Becerra and his staff are amazing! We all know how important the front desk is for first impressions and accommodations. Ramona and Kathy are very welcoming to each and every client, greeting them by name. They are very knowledgeable on dental procedures, and are always willing to assist with all insurance needs. They share a great sense of humor, as does the entire staff, which always helps to make you feel a little more relaxed and comfortable, especially in a dental office.I had the pleasure of having my first 6 month checkup/cleaning done by Crystal. She did a fabulous job with cleaning my teeth, and I told her that she was the first hygienist to clean my teeth without any discomfort. After my cleanings, I leave their office feeling like I had not been to the dentist. Crystal is very professional, does a great job as a hygienist, and is very calming. I have not had the pleasure of working with Joan, but I’m sure she is just as accommodating and professional.Then there is Barb, who has totally turned my life around with a beautiful smile! She accomplished this without me having to go through expensive braces or invasive procedures. I’m 65, and had pretty much planned on dealing with my teeth as they were from here on out. Over the years, they had turned yellow, and it was difficult for me to smile when having my picture taken. The tops of my front lower teeth had been chiseled away by my teeth grinding. I had two upper, pointed canines that had open spaces between nearby teeth. I finally decided to have my teeth whitened professionally, since the over the counter products didn’t seem to do the job. Barb was so patient and explained the whitening process very thoroughly. During my followup visit, she suggested I might be interested in having some bonding work done on the above mentioned problem areas. I wasn’t even aware of such procedures. She actually performed a quick sample of the procedure on my teeth so I would have an idea of what it would look like (before and after). Needless to say, I had the procedures done by Barb, at a low cost. She was very careful, and it was obvious she is a perfectionist. She wanted everything placed perfectly and shining. It was a very simple and quick procedure, with no pain, and no novocaine. It did wonders for my self-esteem!The newest member of the team, Justin Becerra, DDS, replaced the previous and wonderful Steven Anundsen, DDS (who retired). Dr Becerra is amazing as well. Both my husband and I felt very comfortable with Dr Becerra, and both agreed that he is definitely well educated in his field. He kept the incredible staff, which was encouraging to their clients, right from the start. He is very professional, and joins the entire staff with the ability to enlighten your day. Kudos to Alpine Dental Arts!"- C.D. / Google / Sep 06, 2018
There are many signs that you may be grinding your teeth and/or clenching your jaw at night. You may wake up in the morning with a headache, tightness or pain in your jaw, and facial swelling. Other signs are loosened teeth or fillings, chipped enamel on your back teeth, a receding gumline, and tooth sensitivity. Teeth grinding and clenching at night are typically caused by stress, but it may also be brought on by allergies, misaligned teeth, a sleep disorder, or temporomandibular joint disorder (called TMD). When Dr. Becerra makes your bruxism diagnosis, he will also try to determine the culprit so that your night guard therapy can be coupled with other treatments for the best possible outcomes.
What to Expect
After Dr. Becerra diagnoses your bruxism, he will obtain oral impressions and digital oral x-rays so your custom night guard can be created. Next, he will send your information to a dental laboratory where your specialized night guard will be crafted out of high-quality materials. After your night guard is sent back to our office, you will come in to have it fitted. Dr. Becerra may make small adjustments so that it fits comfortably. We will also give you instructions on how to properly care for your night guard so it will last many years.
For maximum night guard efficiency, you need to wear it each night. Your night guard should minimize or alleviate the discomfort and dental problems created by bruxism, but if not, please contact our office so Dr. Becerra can look for additional issues and try other treatments. In order to help keep your mouth and night guard healthy, we recommend that you clean and care for your teeth and guard before and after each use. Your night guard should be brought in to all future appointments so Dr. Becerra can make adjustments or repairs as needed.
Once you receive a bruxism diagnosis, some of the cost of your night guard may be paid by your dental insurance. If you have dental insurance, our office will call your insurance carrier to confirm your benefits and coverage. At your consultation, a member of our team will give you information about our accepted payment methods as well as your costs, with or without insurance. To make your treatment more affordable, Alpine Dental Arts can help you to qualify for medical financing.
Custom Night Guards
Grinding your teeth can lead to pain and discomfort in a variety of ways. Night guards are a great option to lessen the sleepless nights caused by the unpleasant side effects of jaw clenching and teeth grinding. Custom night guards from Alpine Dental Arts can also improve your overall oral health and prevent future complications. If you think that this might be the remedy for you or you would like to learn more, contact our office in Lakewood, CO to book a consultation with Dr. Becerra.