Teeth grinding — it sounds awful. Unfortunately, many people do it without even recognizing the damage they cause to their teeth. Unless their teeth grinding disturbs someone they sleep with or their dentist sees signs of wear on the dental enamel, bruxism (the technical term for the problem) can go unnoticed. We’re not sure why people do it, and there are multiple potential causes, but it is a serious issue. Without treatment, bruxism can actually wear away enamel, crack teeth and ruin dental restorations like implants or bridges.

Some of our Carmichael dental patients grind their teeth with chewing motions, others clench them tightly together. The worst sufferers clench and grind their teeth. All of this wasted effort and muscular contraction causes significant stress to the temporomandibular joint, and the muscles of the neck and head. That leads to headaches and jaw pain that are usually present when you wake up, at the end of your day, or both. If the pain is present in the morning, you likely grind your teeth at night. If you have pain at the end of the day, you may be clenching your teeth during the day. If you have pain at both times, you are one of the unfortunate 24/7 sufferers of bruxism.

Treatment for Bruxism

There are different ways to treat bruxism, depending on the likely cause. Orthodontics might be tried to alter the bite. A more extreme step can be oral surgery. Usually, easier methods are tried first, such as a specifically-designed splint that prevents the grinding. We can also provide the patient with a dental guard.

If you have played in contact sports, you are already familiar with the idea of a “mouthguard.” Form fitting plastic fits over your upper or lower arch and protects the teeth from touching each other. Dental guards made by the Marconi Dental Group are crafted right here in our own dental lab by our veteran technician, based on a mold of your teeth. Some patients report that simply wearing the “nightguard” stops the negative effects of their bruxism completely.

For patients who clench their teeth during the day, Dr. Alizadeh can help them “unlearn” their clenching behaviors. This would be done in addition to using a mouthguard or “functional splint” during the day. Made out of clear plastic, they are hard to notice. Since they fit very well, you quickly learn to speak normally even when you’re wearing one.

If your significant other or coworkers have told you that you grind or clench your teeth, schedule an appointment with Carmichael’s Marconi Dental Group. If we see the usual damage caused by bruxism, please realize that teeth grinding and clenching does not “go away” and will cause serious dental problems. A dental guard and treatment successfully lessens the effects and can possibly cure this dangerous habit.

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Dr. Fischer

Dr. Fischer comes from Sandy City Utah, where he graduated from the University of Utah with a background in Medical Biology. Dr. Fischer then was awarded his DDS degree from Loma Linda University here in California. Prior to that, Dr. Fischer worked alongside his father for several years as a design engineer at his father’s dental company. Dr. Fischer has a strong passion for dentistry, he believes in providing his patients with the most modern and up-to-date procedures, and he truly enjoys the variations of procedures he gets to perform daily.

When not practicing dentistry, he can be found spending time with his family. Dr. Fischer and his wife Brittany have twins Kaitly and Kyle, and son Johnny. Outside of his professional activities, Dr. Fischer is also a true adventurist. He has travelled to many countries and enjoys backpacking, scuba diving, para gliding, camping, and hunting just to name a few.

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Dr. Huang

Dr. Y. Vinny Huang received his Degree in Dental Surgery in his hometown of Taipei, Taiwan and then went on to receive his Masters in Science and Postgraduate Certificate in Prosthodontics from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA.

He has been practicing dentistry since 1992 and his area of specialty is Prosthodontics, the treatment and handling of dental and facial problems. Prosthodontics involves the restoration of missing teeth and jaw structure. Dr. Y. Vinny Huang is also a Diplomate of the (ABP) American Board of Prosthodontics and an active member of the (CDA) California Dental Association and the (AAFP) American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics, and a fellow of the (ACP) American College of Prosthodontists. He is also fluent in Mandarin!

Dr. Y. Vinny Huang was fortunate enough to find his calling at a young age. He grew up watching his grandmother struggle with her dentures on many occasions and has been determined to help others just like her ever since. He is truly passionate about his work and finds great joy in creating beautiful smiles for his patients whether it be on their own or with the help of dental implants. Dr. Y. Vinny Huang makes it his personal mission to educate his patients and community on the importance of oral health and does so with honesty, professionalism and care.

When Dr. Y. Vinny Huang isn’t practicing dentistry or assisting the community, you will find him spending time with his wife and two daughters. He also enjoys being outdoors and staying active whether it be swimming, golfing or playing tennis.

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Dr. Visagé

Dr. Visagé graduated his dental degree from University of Pretoria in South Africa (1999). He practiced general dentistry in South Africa and England until 2002. He went on and completed a residency program in Periodontics and Oral Medicine, in South Africa to attain his Masters degree in 2006. He established a successful private specialist practice in Periodontics and Dental Implants. During that time he also served as secretary of the South African Society of Periodontology and still holds specialist registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.

 

In 2014, Dr. Visagé and his family relocated to California, and he was invited to the prestigious Program for International Dentists at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In 2015, he received the OKU Dental Honour Society Dr Kramer S Award from the UCSF School of Dentistry. In 2016 he received the Dental Honour Society Membership Award and also the Award for Clinical Excellence & Mentoring (UCSF).  He obtained his American Doctorate of Dental Surgery (UCSF) in 2016.

 

The most enjoyable part of his work is getting to know the patients and being able to play a role in improving oral health, which contributes to quality of life. He is truly passionate about dentistry, but strikes a balance between his professional and personal lives.  He maintains his fitness through running, biking and hiking with his family. 

Dr. Visagé and his wife Karlien, have  a  daughter and a son.  When time allows, he and his family enjoys travelling and spending time together. They travel to South Africa as often as time allows, but also enjoy road trips in the USA.