What Is a Night Guard?
The act of grinding and clenching your teeth, also known as bruxism, is a common problem that may affect children and adults in Temple, TX. A bruxism habit frequently occurs when a person is asleep but may also be carried out subconsciously during the day. Teeth grinding is commonly identified by a wearing down or flattening of tooth surfaces. However, the condition can also lead to headaches, tooth pain, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, and other uncomfortable effects. To reduce these risks and protect our patients' smiles against teeth grinding or clenching, ACE Dental of Temple offers night guard therapy. Night guards are custom-made dental appliances worn comfortably in your mouth while you sleep to minimize damage caused by teeth grinding or clenching. If you or a loved one may have bruxism, schedule a visit with our team today to learn how night guards can help protect your family's oral health.
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What are the Signs and Symptoms of Bruxism?
Bruxism can affect patients of all ages and may be brought on by factors, like stress, uneven tooth surfaces, TMJ problems, misaligned teeth, and sleep disorders. During your consultation at ACE Dental of Temple, we will try to identify factors that are contributing to your bruxism and determine the best option for care, which may include a night guard. Wearing this appliance during sleep can help protect your jaw joints, teeth, and other oral structures. You may have bruxism if you have one or more of the following:
- Chipped or worn teeth
- Loose or damaged fillings
- Jaw pain or tension
- Tenderness or swelling in the face
- Sensitive teeth or receding gums
- Morning headaches or migraines
What Can I Expect With A Dental Night Guard?
We will begin the night guard process by taking impressions of your upper and lower arches. Our team will then send these images, along with detailed instructions on how your night guard should be fabricated, to a dental lab. Your night guard will be made of a top-grade resin material and designed to fit over your top or bottom teeth. When your bruxism appliance arrives in our Temple, TX office, we will have you return for a fitting. We may adjust your night guard as needed for comfort and will provide you with instructions on maintaining the condition of your appliance. In some instances, night guard therapy may be coupled with other types of care, including palliative therapies, to help increase your overall comfort and protect your oral wellness.
How Can I Care for My Bruxism Appliance?
For your night guard to properly protect your oral structures, it will need to be worn each night. Your bruxism appliance will keep your teeth from grinding together and help prevent wearing away of your tooth structures while minimizing stress on your jaw joints. We recommend cleaning your guard after each use and storing it in a safe place to maintain its condition. You can also bring it with you to routine visits at ACE Dental of Temple so our dentists can ensure it continues to serve your needs in the best possible way.
Does Insurance Cover Night Guards?
Dental appliances, like night guards, may be partially covered by some dental insurance providers. Before taking your impressions, our business team can review your plan and let you know of any potential out-of-pocket costs ahead of time. ACE Dental of Temple strives to offer dental care at affordable rates and accepts several payment methods. We can explain your financial choices and help you select the option that best meets your needs and budget.
Guard Your Smile Against Teeth Clenching and Grinding
If you think you may be clenching or grinding your teeth at night, we invite you to meet with our experienced team for a bruxism consultation. ACE Dental of Temple offers night guard appliances custom-designed to help minimize bruxism symptoms and guard your teeth, TMJ, and other structures against damaging effects. Contact our Temple, TX practice today to book your visit with one of our general dentists!