Doctor Arash Aflatooni has been a fixture in the Seattle dental community for more than a decade; continuing his family legacy as an eleventh generation clinician.

Read more about Arash Aflatooni, DDS

Your Cosmetic Dentist in Mill Creek
18323 Bothell-Everett Hwy, Ste 340
Mill Creek , WA 98012
Find us

Find helpful information in our digital library.

View My Account Online


Our blog  Google plus
















Posts for tag: Night Guards

By Advanced Dental Care
May 15, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Night Guards   Mouth Guards  

Night GuardsAre you one of the many Mill Creek, WA residents who grind their teeth at night? Teeth grinding is an incredibly common problem that dentists see all the time, and many people honestly don't even know that they're doing it.

While teeth grinding might not be immediately problematic, it can cause a great number of problems down the road if allowed to persist. Persistent teeth grinding can lead to pain, sensitivity, broken or cracked teeth, receding gums and even tooth loss. It can even cause problems outside of the mouth, including migraines and neck, shoulder or back pain.

If left untreated long enough, to the point where teeth begin to wear or break down, teeth grinding can also cause additional visits to a Mill Creek, WA dentist, such as Arash Aflatooni, DDS, for treatment. Common treatments include crowns, bridges, implants and veneers.

Thankfully, there is a safe and effective way to curb teeth grinding and to prevent all of these treatments and side effects before they happen: night guards. Night guards are mouth guards that are worn on the teeth during the night to prevent grinding. They are similar to mouth guards worn in sports, but intended to prevent grinding, not tooth loss.

Night guards work by providing a barrier in between the teeth. This way, when people grind their teeth at night, their teeth do not rub against each other and cause problems. The teeth are allowed to rub inside the night guards instead, where they won't do any damage.

Night guards may not be very attractive or particularly comfortable, but then again, neither is needing extensive dental work to repair a damaged smile. The next time you meet with your dentist, Dr. Aflatooni in Mill Creek, WA, ask if there are any signs of excessive wear due to teeth grinding. Dr. Aflatooni can let you know if a mouth guard may be a good solution for you.

By Advanced Dental Care
January 26, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Night Guards  

Find out whether it might be time to consider wearing a night guard.

Are you a chronic grinder or clencher? If so, you could be causing some excessive wear and tear on your teeth, which could increase your chances of severe damage in the future. If you want to preserve the integrity of your teeth then it might be time to consider talking to your Mill Creek, WA dentist about getting a night guard.

What is a night guard?

A night guard is a plastic oral appliance that goes over both the upper and lower teeth to correct your bite and prevent wear and tear on your teeth due to clenching or grinding at night.

Why should I get a night guard from my Mill Creek, WA dentist?

While you can find night guards in your local drug store, the main difference between these and the ones you get from your Mill Creek dentist is that the ones in the drug store are not custom-fitted to your smile. “Why is that important?” you might ask.

Think about it: if the night guard doesn’t fit your teeth properly, how can it effectively do its job? Even the night guards that you can boil and mold might give you a better fit than the stock night guards; however, if you really want to protect your teeth you’ll want to see your dentist about custom night guards, which are significantly less bulky and unattractive.

How do I get custom night guards?

When you come in for a night guard we will first take impressions of your teeth. Depending on how you grind your teeth, you may only need a night guard that fits on the front teeth. Once we take these impressions we will send them to a lab to have your night guard custom fabricated.

Would a night guard help me?

If you have been diagnosed as a nighttime teeth grinder or clencher, then it’s time to do something about it. A night guard is really the best and most effective treatment option to prevent significant wear on your smile. Talk to your Mill Creek dentist about whether a night guard would be right for you.

If you think a night guard could help with your teeth grinding or clenching, then call Dr. Arash Aflatooni at Advanced Dental Care. Our night guards will help protect your gorgeous smile for years to come.

Questions or Comments?
We encourage you to contact us whenever you have an interest or concern about our services.

(425) 482-2322