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Reduce wear and tear from teeth grinding with mouth guards in Chicago, IL

Chronic bruxism affects as many as 10% of adults, and it is even more common in children. The stress on your jaw and enamel from teeth grinding can damage your teeth and cause headaches, jaw pain, and even pain throughout your body, as well as interrupting your sleep cycle. The dentists at Wicker Park Dental Group offer patients in the Chicago, IL, area mouth guards to reduce nighttime grinding strain and offer them relief.

Signs of Bruxism

Many people who grind their teeth at night do not realize it, but a dentist may notice wear and tear on your enamel during a routine check-up. Your partner may also hear it at night. If you wake up feeling tired and deal with jaw pain and tenderness, and frequent headaches, you can ask your dentist if a mouthguard can help. While there is no one cause of bruxism, it is often associated with stress and excess caffeine. It can also be due to your bite alignment, poor oral posture, or disorders such as sleep apnea.

While mouthguards do not stop bruxism, they keep your jaw in place at night and provide extra cushioning to reduce tension. After a few nights with your mouthguard, you should wake up feeling more refreshed and relaxed, and stress in your body that you may not have noticed will often relax.

Fitting your night guard​

If your dentist determines you need a mouth guard, they will take impressions of your teeth to send to the dental lab. Unlike store-bought appliance, your night guard is crafted to fit over your teeth and push your jaw forward while you rest at night. It will provide a lot more cushioning than a stock guard, and it will stay in place better and last longer.

Once your mouthguard is ready, your dentist will discuss the best way to wear it and care for it each night to reduce the risk of gum disease and tooth decay and help it last longer. With proper care, your night guard can last between 5-10 years, depending on how much you grind your teeth each night.

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Dr. Raj

Dr. Raj of Wicker Park Dental Group finished his Advance Education in General Dentistry at the College of Dental Medicine at Columbia University, where he served as Chief Resident. He received extensive training in implantology and various aspects of dentistry.

Dr. Raj is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry and is also Invisalign and soft tissue laser certified. His work in full mouth rehabilitation, dental implant placement, and implant-supported dentures gives patients a reason to smile confidently again. Dr. Raj is also a caring, compassionate dentist who also provides safe, comfortable treatment for geriatric patients and patients with special needs.

In his free time, Dr. Raj enjoys walking, hiking, traveling, cooking, and watching movies with his wife and two kids.

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Dr. Gopisetty

Dr. Gopisetty is passionate about giving people brighter and healthier smiles through the use of innovative techniques. By investing in the latest technology and training, Dr. Gopisetty and his team are able to provide patients with the highest level of dental care, from preventative to cosmetic.

Advances in technology and techniques allow for specialized services, including cosmetics, Invisalign®, and guided dental implants. In addition, digital dentistry enables him to provide crowns, veneers, and even bridges without goopy impressions. In his free time, Dr. Gopisetty enjoys spending time with his family and traveling.

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“As a person who hates needles and had bad teeth let me tell you how much I hate the dentist office. Some of my experiences have been so painful I wait until I absolutely have no choice before returning. All of that changed with my experience here! The staff top to bottom front house to back room 5 Star amazing. The doctor so kind so patient explained everything in detail a ton of options. And last but not least … but most important to me little to no pain. Thank the heavens for “ these great people” I’m a customer for life and I look forward to better oral health. Sincerely, ( with a tear of joy ) Orlando.”

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