The grinding of your teeth at night, also known as bruxism, is a common problem that affects many individuals. Although the most recognizable symptom is wear on the surface of the teeth, nocturnal bruxism may also cause tooth pain, headaches, and inflammation, as well as discomfort in your jaw and neck. To protect your mouth against these effects of teeth grinding, dentist Dr. Joseph Heher offers custom night guards that help defend your mouth while you sleep. Custom night guards are created with high-grade materials to comfortably fit in your mouth and help improve the quality of your sleep by eliminating teeth grinding and jaw clenching. If you are interested in learning more about custom night guards at Smiles! Dentistry by Dr. Joseph Heher, schedule a consultation with Dr. Heher at our Salisbury, MD office.
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A number of indicators may suggest that you are clenching your jaw and/or grinding your teeth at night. Maybe you frequently wake up with pain in your jaw, a headache, and swelling in your lower face. Other symptoms include loose fillings or teeth, worn down enamel on the top of your back teeth, tooth sensitivity, and a receding gumline. Grinding and clenching at night are usually caused by stress, but can also be the result of a sleep disorder, misaligned teeth, allergies or temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). While Dr. Heher is diagnosing your bruxism, he will also discover the cause so your night guard may be combined with another treatment for more effective results.
What to Expect
After Dr. Heher diagnoses the condition of bruxism, he will take impressions and if necessary, take digital x-rays of your mouth to help create your custom night guard. Smiles! Dentistry by Dr. Joseph Heher will provide the models of your mouth to a dental laboratory where your custom-fabricated night guard will be made using high-quality rigid plastic materials. (Note: night guards and mouth guards are often confused. Mouth guards protect your mouth from trauma and are made with soft plastic to cushion blows to the mouth; night guards are made from rigid plastic, to allow your teeth to skim over the top of the night guard without locking into the night guard).
If you avoid regular dental appointments or you're dealing with dental pain because of fear of the dentist, please consider a consult with dentist Dr. Heher to learn more about nitrous oxide sedation at our dental office in Salisbury, MD. When your night guard is fabricated and returned to us, we will appoint you for a custom fitting. Dr. Heher may make minor adjustments so your night guard fits comfortably and correctly. You will also be given instructions on how to care for your night guard so it lasts as long as possible.
For your night guard to function effectively, you will need to wear it every night. Your night guard will relieve or eliminate pain and dental issues caused by bruxism, but if it does not, please call our team so Dr. Heher can assess why results haven’t been achieved and see if adjustments need to be made. To help keep your night guard and mouth in good condition, you should properly clean both prior to and following each use. Be sure to bring your night guard to all future appointments, exams, and cleanings so Dr. Heher can repair and adjust it as needed.
If you have been diagnosed with nocturnal bruxism or jaw clenching, part of the cost of your night guard should be covered by your insurance company. If you have dental insurance, our team can contact your insurance carrier to determine your benefits and costs. During your consult, Dr. Heher can discuss cost estimates, with or without dental insurance, and payment methods. For more affordable dental care, Smiles! Dentistry by Dr. Joseph Heher can help you apply for medical financing.
Custom Night Guards
Teeth grinding can cause discomfort and pain in a number of ways. Night guards are a safe option to diminish the fatigue that results from the annoying symptoms of nocturnal bruxism and jaw clenching. Customized night guards from Smiles! Dentistry by Dr. Joseph Heher may also benefit the overall health of your mouth and deter the development of future dental issues. If this sounds like a solution to your concerns or you are interested in learning more, call our team in Salisbury, MD to schedule a consultation with dentist Dr. Heher.