The grinding of your teeth at night, also known as bruxism, is a common problem that affects many people. While the most prominent sign of damage is deterioration of the enamel on the teeth, nocturnal bruxism might also lead to headaches, tooth pain, and inflammation, along with discomfort in your neck and jaw. To guard your oral health and wellness against these effects of bruxism, general dentist Dr. James McDonough offers custom night guard appliances that can protect your teeth and jaw while you rest. Created with top-quality materials, custom night guards fit comfortably in your mouth and improve the quality of your sleep by reducing teeth grinding and jaw clenching. To hear more about custom night guards from Wollaston Dental Group, schedule an appointment at our Quincy, MA office today.
A number of symptoms may indicate that you are grinding your teeth and/or clenching your jaw at night. Many patients with bruxism frequently wake up in the morning with pain in the jaw, a headache, or muscle tightness. Other symptoms are loose teeth and/or fillings, worn down enamel edges, tooth sensitivity, and a receding gumline. Teeth grinding and clenching at night are often caused by stress but could also be brought on by a sleep disorder, misaligned teeth, an uneven bite, or temporomandibular joint disorder (called TMD). While Dr. McDonough makes your bruxism diagnosis, he will also try to determine the cause and decide if another treatment should be coupled with your night guard for a more effective outcome.
What to Expect
After Dr. McDonough diagnoses your bruxism, our team will obtain impressions and digital x-rays of your mouth to help create your custom night guard. We will then send this information to a special dental lab where your night guard will be crafted out of high-quality materials. After your night guard is complete and sent back to us, we will schedule you to come in for a fitting. If needed, Dr. McDonough can make minor adjustments so your night guard fits comfortably. Specific instructions on how to care for your night guard will be provided during the visit to help ensure your appliance lasts for as long as possible.
For your night guard to be effective, you will need to wear it every night or as recommended by Dr. McDonough. Night guards are designed to diminish the discomfort and dental problems caused by bruxism. If your discomfort is not alleviated, please call our office so Dr. McDonough can address additional issues or try other therapies. In order to help keep your mouth and night guard in pristine condition, it is important to properly clean your teeth and guard prior to and after each use. You can also bring your night guard to all future appointments, which will allow Dr. McDonough the chance to repair and adjust the guard as needed.
If you are diagnosed with bruxism, a portion of your night guard cost may be covered by your insurance company. Our billing personnel will contact your insurance carrier to confirm your coverage and then discuss any personal costs and convenient payment methods with you. To help cover any out-of-pocket expenses, our knowledgeable staff at Wollaston Dental Group is happy to provide information on medical financing through CareCredit® solutions.
Custom Night Guards
Teeth grinding can lead to pain and discomfort in a number of ways. However, night guards are a great treatment option to help lessen the fatigue that results from the negative symptoms of nocturnal bruxism and jaw clenching. Customized night guards from Wollaston Dental Group can also help to preserve the overall health of your mouth and ward off future complications. If you think night guard therapy may be the solution you seek or you would like to learn more, call our staff in Quincy, MA to set up an appointment with Dr. McDonough.