The grinding of your teeth at night, also known as bruxism, is an everyday issue that affects many individuals. Although the most noticeable symptom is deterioration of the enamel on the teeth, nocturnal bruxism may also lead to tooth pain, headaches, and inflammation, plus discomfort in your neck and jaw. To guard your mouth against the effects of bruxism, the board-certified dentists at West Bridgewater Dental offer customized night guards that help protect your teeth while you rest. Custom night guards are created with high-grade materials and comfortably fit in your mouth to help improve your quality of sleep by eliminating jaw clenching and teeth grinding. For more information about custom night guards from our experienced team, set up a consultation at our West Bridgewater, MA practice location.
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A number of indicators may suggest that you're clenching your jaw and/or grinding your teeth at night. Maybe you frequently wake up in the morning with pain in your jaw, a headache, and facial swelling. Other symptoms are loosened fillings or cracked teeth, worn chewing surfaces, a receding gumline, and tooth sensitivity. Grinding and clenching at night is often caused by stress but can also be brought on by a sleep disorder, misaligned teeth, allergies, or temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). While our team provides your bruxism diagnosis, we'll also try to determine the cause so that your night guard therapy can be coupled with other treatments for the best possible outcomes.
What to Expect
After our dentists confirm your diagnosis, we'll take oral impressions and digital x-rays to help create your custom night guard. Next, our practice will send these details to a dental laboratory where your specialized night guard will be fabricated from the highest quality materials. After your night guard is complete and sent back to us, we'll call to schedule you for a fitting. We may need to make small adjustments so that it fits correctly. You'll also be given instructions on how to properly care for your night guard so it'll last for several years.
For maximum night guard efficiency, you'll need to wear it each night. Your night guard should relieve or alleviate the discomfort and dental issues created by bruxism. If it doesn't, please call our team so our dentists can consider additional issues and try other therapies. We recommend that you clean and care for your night guard and mouth both prior to and following each use to help keep both in good condition. Be sure to bring your night guard to all future appointments, exams, and cleanings so our clinical team can repair and adjust the guard as needed.
Once you receive a bruxism diagnosis, some of the cost of your night guard may be covered by your insurance company. If you have dental insurance, our team will call your insurance provider to obtain your coverage and costs. We'll give you information about our accepted payment methods, as well as your costs with or without insurance. For more affordable dental care, West Bridgewater Dental can help you learn more about qualifying for medical financing.
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Custom Night Guards
Grinding your teeth can lead to pain and discomfort in a number of ways. Night guards are a safe option to lessen the fatigue that results from the negative symptoms of jaw clenching and teeth grinding. Customized night guards from West Bridgewater Dental may also benefit your overall oral health and deter future complications. If this sounds like a solution to your worries or you're interested in learning more, call our practice in West Bridgewater, MA to schedule a consult with our experienced dental group.