What Are Night Guards?
Teeth grinding and clenching at night, also known as bruxism, is an everyday problem that affects many people in the Cranston and Warwick, RI communities. While the most recognizable indicator is the deterioration of the enamel on the teeth, nocturnal bruxism may also cause headaches, toothaches, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain, or discomfort in your neck and jaw. To protect your mouth from the effects of bruxism, Cranston Dental Group offers custom night guard appliances. Custom night guards are crafted from high-grade materials and fit comfortably in your mouth to improve your sleep by reducing jaw clenching and teeth grinding. To learn more about custom night guards, set up a consultation with our experienced dental team.
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Best Candidates for Night Guards
A number of symptoms may indicate that you clench your jaw or grinding your teeth while sleeping:
- Morning headache or migraines
- TMJ pain or jaw tightness
- Soreness in the neck, shoulders, or back
- Facial swelling or tenderness
- Loose or damaged restorations
- Flattened enamel edges
- Receding gums or tooth sensitivity
- Tinnitus (ringing in ears) or earaches
Nighttime grinding and clenching habits are often caused by stress but can also be the result of a sleep disorder, misaligned teeth, allergies, or temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). When our team makes your bruxism diagnosis, we will strive to identify the cause so as to make your night guard therapy as effective as possible.
What Is the Treatment Process?
Night guards are typically u-shaped dental appliances that are worn between the upper and lower teeth while sleeping. To create a custom night guard, a member of our well-trained team will take impressions of your teeth. Cranston Dental Group will then send these molds, along with detailed specifications, to a special dental lab where your specialized night guard will be crafted of a hard or soft durable resin. After we receive your night guard from the lab, we'll have you return for a fitting. We may make small adjustments so that your night guard fits correctly and comfortably, and we'll explain how to care for, store, and clean your custom appliance.
Caring for Your Night Guard
For your night guard to be effective, you must wear it every night. Your night guard can help to minimize or alleviate the pain and dental complications caused by bruxism and protect your teeth against further damage. Please contact our office right away if your night guard becomes damaged or no longer feels like it fits properly. In order to help keep your mouth and night guard healthy, it is important to clean your teeth and appliance before and after each use. We ask that you bring your night guard to all future check-up visits at Cranston Dental Group so one of our practitioners can ensure it continues to protect your teeth and jaw.
Insurance Coverage for Dental Appliances
If you receive a bruxism diagnosis, a portion of your night guard cost may be covered by your dental insurance. Before taking your impressions, our office personnel will call your insurance carrier to check your cost and coverage limits. Cranston Dental Group strives to make dental care affordable for all patients and can help you find a viable payment option to cover any personal costs. Be sure to ask about our convenient payment options, including special patient financing.
Bring Teeth Grinding to a Halt
Clenching or grinding your teeth at night can impact your oral health in a number of ways. Custom night guards from Cranston Dental Group are a way to diminish the sleepless nights created by the unpleasant side effects of bruxism and help ward off future dental concerns. Schedule a night guard consultation at our modern Cranston, RI practice and discover whether custom night guard therapy could help protect your health and comfort from a teeth grinding habit.
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