What is Night Guard Therapy?
If you suffer from bruxism (clenching or grinding your teeth), you know how important a night guard is for your dental health. Bruxism is a common disorder that can affect patients of any age, and while it often occurs during sleep, some patients notice that stress can lead to bruxism while awake. The most obvious sign of bruxism is visible wear of the tooth surfaces, but it can also cause tooth pain, headaches, TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder), and other painful issues. ACE Dental of Cove can help you fight these unpleasant symptoms and prevent further damage to your teeth with custom-made night guards. These specialized dental appliances are generally more effective and comfortable than generic mouth guards, and they tend to last longer, too! If you’d like to learn more about custom night guard therapy, give our Copperas Cove, TX office a call today to schedule your consultation.
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Do I Need a Night Guard?
Since bruxism most often occurs while you’re unconscious, you may not even be aware of the issue. Some signs to look out for include worn tooth surfaces (which a dental professional can diagnose); jaw pain; tooth sensitivity; headaches (especially upon waking); loose, damaged, or broken dental restorations (like crowns or bridges); facial tenderness or pain; and gum recession. Bruxism could be caused by several things, such as a sleep disorder, TMD, misaligned teeth, stress, or uneven tooth surfaces in your mouth. After we diagnose bruxism, our knowledgeable dental care team will help you determine the possible cause and create a personalized treatment plan for you.
What Is the Night Guard Process?
In order to create a night guard customized for you, we will take digital impressions of your teeth using 3D oral imaging. These pictures and special instructions about how to construct your night guard will be sent off to a dental lab where your night guard will be made with a superior quality resin. When your night guard is finished, we will contact you to schedule a fitting. One of our dental professionals will make any small modifications as needed to make sure that your night guard fits and is comfortable. We will also instruct you on how to properly care for your new dental appliance so that it will last as long as possible.
How Do I Care for My Night Guard?
To properly treat your bruxism, you must wear your custom night guard every night while you sleep. It will help to more evenly distribute the pressure of your bite, and it will protect your teeth from further wear while alleviating your symptoms. Depending on the cause of your bruxism, your night guard therapy might be combined with other treatment methods, such as pain relievers or stress management techniques. Bring your night guard to all future dental appointments at ACE Dental of Cove so that we can make sure it’s still working effectively. Be sure to clean your dental appliance each time you use it for the best results.
Will Insurance Cover Night Guards?
Custom night guards may be partially or fully covered by your dental insurance, depending on the extent of your coverage. We will contact your dental insurance provider to determine your specific benefits and give you an estimate of any uncovered cost. ACE Dental of Cove is proud to offer our patients a variety of payment options, including low-interest medical financing, to make sure your dental care fits your budget.
Protect your smile from Bruxism
Bruxism can cause serious dental health problems, such as cracked teeth, TMD, and broken dental restorations. Custom night guards at ACE Dental of Cove can help you to fight back against unwanted bruxism symptoms and protect you from future issues. If you think you might benefit from a custom night guard, call us at our Copperas Cove, TX office today to schedule a consultation.