Extensive nighttime teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is a common problem that affects many people. Although the most prominent symptom is deterioration of the enamel of the teeth, nocturnal bruxism is also known to lead to tooth pain, headaches, and inflammation, as well as discomfort in your neck and jaw. To guard your mouth against the effects of bruxism, board-certified dentist Dr. Matthew Wolfe provides customized night guards that help defend your teeth while you rest. Custom night guards are created with high-grade materials that comfortably fit in your mouth and improve the nature of your sleep by eliminating jaw clenching and teeth grinding. To hear more about custom night guards at Signature Dentistry of Rochester, set up a consultation at our Rochester Hills, MI facility.
A number of indicators may suggest that you're clenching your jaw and/or grinding your teeth at night. Maybe you frequently wake up in the morning with pain in your jaw, a headache, or facial swelling. Other symptoms are loose fillings or teeth, chipped enamel on your back teeth, a receding gumline, and tooth sensitivity. Grinding and clenching at night are usually caused by stress, but it can also be brought on by a sleep disorder, misaligned teeth, allergies, or temporomandibular joint disorder (called TMD). After Dr. Wolfe makes your bruxism diagnosis, he will work hard to discover the cause of your teeth grinding so that your night guard therapy can be coupled with other treatments for the best possible outcomes.
What to Expect
After Dr. Wolfe makes your diagnosis, he will obtain oral impressions and digital oral x-rays to help create your custom night guard. Next, he will send these details to the dental laboratory where your specialized night guard will be made from the best materials. After your night guard is complete and sent back to us, we will inform you. From there, we will schedule a fitting. During your fitting, Dr. Wolfe can make small adjustments to the night guard so that it fits comfortably and correctly. You will also be given instructions for proper night guard care so that your night guard will last for several years.
To get the most out of your night guard, you will need to wear it every night. Your night guard should relieve or alleviate the discomfort and dental issues created by bruxism, but if it does not, please call our team so Dr. Wolfe can consider additional issues and try other therapies. In order to keep your mouth and night guard in good condition, we recommend that you clean and care for it both prior to and following each use. Be sure to bring your night guard to all future appointments, exams, and cleanings so Dr. Wolfe can repair and adjust the guard as needed.
Once you receive a bruxism diagnosis, some of the cost of your night guard might be paid by your insurance company. If you have dental insurance, our team will call your provider to obtain your cost and coverage. At your consult, Dr. Wolfe will give you information about our accepted payment methods, as well as your costs with or without insurance. For more affordable dental care, Signature Dentistry of Rochester can help you apply for medical financing.
Custom Night Guards
Grinding your teeth can lead to pain and discomfort in a number of ways. Night guards are a safe option to lessen the fatigue that results from the negative side effects of jaw clenching and teeth grinding. Customized night guards from Signature Dentistry of Rochester may also benefit your overall oral health and deter future complications. If this sounds like a solution to your worries or you are interested in learning more, call our team in Rochester Hills, MI to schedule a consult with board-certified dentist Dr. Wolfe.