About Night Guards
While MINT dentistry is well-known for our smile transformations, we are also focused on protecting your teeth from damage. Teeth grinding (also known as bruxism) at night is a common problem that causes damage to your teeth, gums, and jaw. While the most visible sign of damage is wear or damage to the surface of the teeth, nocturnal bruxism can also cause headaches, tooth pain, inflammation, and pain in your jaw and neck. MINT dentistry's team of board-certified dentists offer custom night guards that can protect your mouth while you sleep. Custom night guards are made from high-quality materials utilizing state-of-the-art technology to fit you comfortably and prevent damage from teeth grinding and jaw clenching, helping you to achieve a better night’s sleep. Learn more about custom night guards at MINT dentistry by scheduling an appointment at your local MINT dentistry office.
There are many signs that you may be grinding your teeth and/or clenching your jaw at night. You may be a candidate for a night guard if you often wake up with a headache in addition to tightness, pain, or swelling in your jaw. Other signs that may suggest the need for a night guard include loose teeth or fillings, worn-down enamel on the tops 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 a member of our highly skilled dental team is diagnosing bruxism, we will also try to determine the cause of the condition, so we can create a comprehensive treatment plan.
What to Expect
To diagnose bruxism and determine if you would benefit from a night guard, our team will perform a thorough dental examination. You can relax in one of our treatment chairs wearing MINT sunglasses and listening to your favorite music through Beats headphones while the exam is performed. After the MINT dentistry team diagnoses your bruxism, we will take impressions and digital x-rays of your mouth, so your custom night guard can be designed. MINT dentistry will send this information to a dental laboratory where your night guard will be crafted out of high-quality materials with advanced technology. When your night guard is sent back to our office, you will be scheduled for a fitting. A member of the MINT dentistry team may make minor adjustments to your night guard to ensure it fits comfortably. We will also give you instructions on how to care for your night guard, so it remains in great condition for a long time.
For your night guard to work effectively, you will need to wear it every night, or as recommended by our dental professionals. Your night guard should minimize or eliminate the pain and dental problems caused by bruxism, but if not, please contact our office so we can address the problem immediately. To help keep your mouth and night guard healthy, you should clean your teeth and guard before and after each use. Your night guard should be brought in to all future appointments, so we can make adjustments or repairs as needed.
The MINT Commitment
If you have been diagnosed with nocturnal bruxism or jaw clenching, part of the cost of your night guard will likely be covered by your dental insurance. If you have PPO dental insurance, our office will contact your provider to determine your coverage and benefits. During your consultation, a MINT dentistry team member will discuss cost estimates. To help make your treatment more affordable, MINT dentistry accepts numerous forms of payment and we can help you find medical financing. Our practice is committed to helping patients of all ages and stages of life get great dental care. If you do not have PPO dental insurance, ask our team about the MINT Discount Plan.
Protect Your Smile
Teeth grinding can be uncomfortable and cause pain in other areas of your life. Night guards are a great way to diminish the sleepless nights caused by the unpleasant symptoms of nocturnal bruxism and jaw clenching. Custom night guards from MINT 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 would like to learn more, contact your nearest MINT dentistry office and book a consultation today.