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Teeth grinding and clenching of your jaw while you sleep can create serious problems with your oral health, including bite misalignment, cracked or chipped teeth, and temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). Some common signs that you grind your teeth during sleep are chronic headaches upon waking, shoulder and neck pain or a sensation that your jaw locks up when opening and closing your mouth.

Identifying the Cause

After a thorough dental examination by the Novato family dentist, we can determine what the probable cause of your teeth grinding is and which treatment approach may be necessary to prevent long-term damage to your teeth. There are several reasons people grind or clench their teeth (also referred to as bruxing or bruxism):

  • Injury or trauma to the temporomandibular joint.
  • Misaligned dental bite
  • Muscle tension

A misaligned dental bite can cause your back teeth to become unbalanced, resulting in excessive force being placed on one side of your mouth. In this case, you do not bite down evenly on all teeth, and the jaw shifts from its normal position to bring the rest of your teeth together.

This action causes you to clench or grind your teeth on that side of your mouth and puts constant, unnatural force on the joint and surrounding muscles. This is why you experience head and neck pain.

Simple, Non-Invasive Treatment

In many cases, the Novato family dentist can create a simple custom appliance called a night guard that will reduce this uneven force on your teeth. However, a thorough exam is the best way to assess your situation and determine the underlying cause and best treatment for your teeth grinding and clenching.

If you believe that your symptoms may be caused by teeth grinding, please contact our office. We will discuss your symptoms and work with you to determine the best course of treatment that will address your needs and provide relief. 


Until recently,  if you needed a dental crown, you had to prepare yourself for a lengthy, time-consuming process. When placing a traditional lab-fabricated crown, a dentist would have to remove a portion of the affected tooth in order to fit the crown properly. You would then receive a temporary and wait until the permanent crown was created, requiring another trip to the dentist for placement.

Now you can opt for a complete restoration placed in just one appointment with the CEREC dentist in Novato.This is one of the only systems available today for fabricating all ceramic dental restorations in just one office visit. With CEREC you can be in and out in a single visit with a permanent, all ceramic crown!

New Crowns in Just One Office Visit!

Designing and placing dental restorations often requires multiple trips to the dentist. The first would involve an injection of anesthesia, preparation of the tooth, dental impressions, followed by placement of a temporary crown. A few weeks later the temporary crown would be removed and a permanent crown placed.

Today, using state-of-the-art CEREC technology, we can construct your new crown right in our office while you wait. You don’t need to return for a second visit and you don’t have to put up with the inconvenience of a temporary crown. CEREC crowns are completely metal-free, so they look natural and allow us to view the tooth by x-ray when it’s covered by a CEREC crown.

Health Benefits

A CEREC tooth restoration is convenient, but it is also healthy. We used to have few options for restoring decayed and damaged teeth other than amalgam or gold. The CEREC dentist in Novato can use strong, tooth-colored ceramic materials to restore your teeth to their natural strength and beauty.

With proper at-home oral hygiene and regular visits to your dentist, a CEREC restoration can last a lifetime! Please contact our office for more information.

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