The grinding of your teeth at night, also known as bruxism, is a common problem that affects many individuals. Although the most visible 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, experienced dentist Dr. Daniel Clement offers custom night guards that help protect your mouth while you sleep. Custom night guards are created with high-grade materials and comfortably fit in your mouth. They help to improve the quality of your sleep by eliminating teeth grinding and jaw clenching. To learn more about custom night guards at Great Lakes Bay Dental, schedule a consultation at our Midland, MI dental facility.
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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. Tooth grinding and clenching at night are usually caused by stress, but it can also be the result of a sleep disorder, misaligned teeth, allergies, or temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). While Dr. Clement is diagnosing your bruxism, he will also pinpoint the cause so your night guard can be combined with other treatments for more effective, long-lasting results.
What to Expect
After Dr. Clement makes your diagnosis, he will take impressions and digital x-rays of your mouth to help create your custom night guard. Great Lakes Bay Dental will send these details to the dental laboratory where your night guard will be made with high-quality materials. When your night guard is complete and sent back to us, we will inform you so you can come in for a fitting. Dr. Clement can make minor adjustments so your night guard fits comfortably in your mouth. You will also be given directions about how to care for your night guard so it lasts a long time.
For your night guard to be effective, you will need to wear it every night. Your night guard will work to relieve or eliminate pain and other dental issues caused by bruxism. However, if your symptoms are not improving, please contact our team so Dr. Clement can consider other issues or try other therapies. 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. Clement can repair and adjust the guard as needed.
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 insurance company. If you have dental insurance, our team can contact your insurance carrier to obtain your coverage and benefits. During your consultation, Dr. Clement can discuss cost estimates, with or without dental insurance, and various payment methods we accept. For more affordable dental care, Great Lakes Bay Dental 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 unpleasant symptoms of nocturnal bruxism and jaw clenching. Customized night guards from Great Lakes Bay Dental may also benefit the overall health of your mouth and deter future issues. If this sounds like a solution to your worries or you are interested in learning more, contact our team in Midland, MI to schedule a consult with experienced dentist Dr. Clement.