About Night Guard Therapy
Bruxism, or the act of grinding and clenching your teeth, is a common problem that affects patients of all ages. This habit often occurs during sleep but may also be carried out during waking hours. While the most prominent indicator is a flattening of biting or chewing tooth surfaces, bruxism may also lead to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems, headaches, tooth pain, and other uncomfortable symptoms. To reduce these risks, ACE Dental of Texas offers customized night guard appliances. Custom night guards are made from top-quality materials and fit comfortably in your mouth to protect your teeth and jaw against the effects of grinding. Schedule a visit with our team today to learn how night guards may minimize damage to your family's oral health.
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Ideal Candidates for Night Guard Therapy
Wearing a custom night guard when you sleep may be essential to protecting your teeth, TMJ, and other aspects of your oral health. Several symptoms may indicate that you are clenching your jaw or grinding your teeth at night, including:
- Waking up with a headaches
- Jaw pain or tightness
- Facial swelling or tenderness
- Damaged or loose restorations
- Worn or chipped tooth enamel
- Gum recession or tooth sensitivity
Bruxism is often caused by stress but could also be brought on by a sleep disorder, misaligned teeth, uneven biting surfaces, and TMJ disorder. As our team makes your bruxism diagnosis, we will also try to determine the cause and help generate the best possible results for your care.
What Is the Night Guard Process?
To custom-craft your bruxism appliance, we will take impressions of your top and bottom teeth. These images, along with instructions on creating your night guard, will be sent to a dental laboratory where your device will be crafted out of high-quality resin material. After your night guard is completed and sent back to us, we will have you return for a fitting. The ACE Dental team may make minor adjustments so your night guard fits comfortably yet securely over your upper or lower teeth. We will also give you instructions on how to properly care for your night guard so it lasts a long time.
Caring for Your Bruxism Appliance
For your night guard to be effective, you will need to wear it every night. Your appliance will prevent your upper and lower teeth from grinding together, preserving tooth structure while minimizing unnecessary stress on your TMJ. Depending on your individual case, night guard therapy may be combined with other therapies, such as palliative remedies, to enhance your comfort and preserve your oral health. To keep your night guard and mouth in good condition, we encourage you to properly clean and care for your appliance following each use. Be sure to bring your night guard to all future appointments at ACE Dental so we can adjust the guard as necessary to best serve your needs.
Will Insurance Cover Night Guards?
Night guard appliances may be covered in part by some dental insurance plans. If you carry insurance, a member of our business staff will contact your provider to review your plan and benefits. During your consultation at ACE Dental, we will provide information about our accepted payment methods and can help you choose an affordable solution to cover any personal costs.
Protect your smile from Bruxism
Teeth grinding and clenching habits can lead to discomfort, TMJ pain, and several other oral health concerns. Custom night guards are a way to diminish the stress caused by the unpleasant symptoms of bruxism and minimize the risk of future dental issues. If you believe bruxism may be impacting your oral health and smile, or you would like to learn more about night guards, set up an appointment at ACE Dental of Texas today.