Night Guards Overview
Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, at night is a common problem that affects many people. While the most obvious sign of damage is wear on the surface of the teeth, nocturnal bruxism can also induce headaches, tooth pain, inflammation, and pain in your jaw and neck. To protect your mouth against these effects of teeth grinding, dentist Dr. Kathy Jacobsen offers custom night guards that can defend your mouth while you sleep. Custom night guards are made from high-quality materials to fit you comfortably and help improve the quality of your sleep by eliminating teeth grinding and jaw clenching. If you would like to learn more about custom night guards at Contemporary Dentistry schedule an appointment at our Gilbert, AZ office.
Best Candidates for Night Guards
There are many signs that you may be grinding your teeth and/or clenching your jaw at night. You may wake up with a headache, tightness or pain in your jaw, and swelling in your lower face. Other signs include loose teeth or fillings, worn down enamel on the top of your back teeth, tooth sensitivity, and a receding gumline. Teeth grinding and clenching at night are typically caused by stress, but it may also be the result of allergies, misaligned teeth, a sleep disorder, or temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). When Dr. Jacobsen is diagnosing bruxism, she will also try to ascertain the cause so your night guard may be combined with another treatment for more effective results.
What to Expect with Night Guards
After Dr. Jacobsen diagnoses your bruxism, she will take impressions and digital x-rays of your mouth so your custom night guard can be created. Our office will send this information to a dental laboratory where your night guard will be crafted out of high-quality materials. When your night guard is sent back to our office, you will come in to have it fitted. Dr. Jacobsen may make minor adjustments so your night guard fits comfortably. We will also give you instructions on how to care for your night guard so it lasts for a long time.
Follow-Up for Night Guards
For your night guard to be effective, you need to wear it every night. Your night guard will relieve or eliminate the pain and dental problems caused by bruxism, but if not, please contact our office so Dr. Jacobsen can look for other issues or try other treatments. To help keep your mouth and night guard healthy, you should properly clean your teeth and guard before and after each use. Your night guard should be brought in to all future appointments so Dr. Jacobsen can make adjustments or repairs as needed.
Insurance Coverage for Night Guards
If you have been diagnosed with nocturnal bruxism or jaw clenching, part of the cost of your night guard may be covered by your dental insurance. If you have dental insurance, our office can contact your insurance carrier to confirm your benefits and coverage. During your consultation, Dr. Jacobsen can discuss cost estimates, with or without dental insurance, and payment methods. To help make your treatment more affordable, our office can help you find medical financing, and we also provide monthly membership plans through our Smiles Club.
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Guard Your Teeth
Teeth grinding can cause discomfort and pain in a variety of ways. Night guards are a great option to diminish the sleepless nights caused by the unpleasant side effects of nocturnal bruxism and jaw clenching. Custom night guards from Contemporary Dentistry can also improve the overall health of your mouth and prevent future issues. If you think that this might be the remedy for you or you would like to learn more, contact our office in Gilbert, AZ to book a consultation with dentist Dr. Jacobsen.