Bruxism, a condition characterized by grinding your teeth while you sleep, is an everyday issue that affects many men and women. The most notable indicator of bruxism is the deterioration of the enamel of the teeth. However, nocturnal bruxism can also lead to inflammation, headaches, tooth pain, and even discomfort in your neck and jaw. To guard your mouth against the negative effects of bruxism, general dentist Dr. Nick Dovey provides customized night guards that protect your teeth while you rest. Custom night guards are made with top-quality materials, and they are designed to fit comfortably in your mouth. These appliances improve the nature of your sleep by decreasing the effects of jaw clenching and teeth grinding. For more information about custom night guards offered at Finest City Dental, set up a consultation at our San Diego, CA dental practice.
A number of symptoms can indicate that you are grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw while you sleep. You might wake up in the morning with tightness and pain in your jaw, a headache, or facial swelling. Other signs of bruxism are loosened teeth and/or fillings, chipped enamel on your back teeth, a receding gumline, and tooth sensitivity. Teeth grinding and jaw clenching at night are often caused by stress, but the issue could also be brought on by misaligned teeth, allergies, a sleep disorder, or temporomandibular joint disorder (called TMD). After Dr. Dovey diagnoses your bruxism, he will also try to find out the cause so that your night guard therapy can be coupled with other treatments for the best possible outcomes.
What to Expect
After Dr. Dovey makes your bruxism diagnosis, he will make oral impressions and take digital x-rays of your teeth to create your custom night guard. Next, he will send your specifications to a dental lab, where your specialized night guard will be created with high-quality materials. After your night guard is finished and sent back to our office, you will return to Finest City Dental for a fitting. Dr. Dovey might make small adjustments so that your appliance fits properly and comfortably. He will also give specific instructions about how to properly care for your night guard so that it lasts many years.
For maximum night guard efficiency, you must wear your dental appliance each night. Your night guard should diminish or alleviate your discomfort and dental complications brought on by bruxism. However, if it doesn't, please inform our staff so Dr. Dovey can address additional issues and try other options. In order to help keep your mouth and night guard in pristine condition, we recommend that you clean and care for both your mouth and night guard prior to and after each use. We also ask that you bring your night guard to all future dental appointments so Dr. Dovey can adjust and repair the guard as necessary.
Once you receive a bruxism diagnosis, some of the cost of your night guard could be paid by your dental insurance company. If you have dental insurance, our billing personnel will contact your insurance carrier to determine your coverage and costs. At your preliminary appointment, Dr. Dovey will give you information about our accepted payment methods, as well as your costs, with or without insurance. To help you afford your dental care, Finest City Dental can help you to qualify for medical financing.
Custom Night Guards
Grinding your teeth can lead to pain and discomfort in a variety of ways. Night guards are a way to lessen the stress created by the symptoms of jaw clenching and teeth grinding. Specialized night guards from Finest City Dental might also advance your overall oral health and ward off future complications. If you think night guards may be the solution you seek, or if you want to learn more, connect with our staff in San Diego, CA to set up an appointment with general dentist Dr. Dovey.