Night Guards Overview
The grinding of your teeth at night, also known as bruxism, is a common problem that affects many individuals. Although the most prominent 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. James Peterson offers custom night guards that help defend your mouth while you sleep. Custom night guards are created with high-grade materials to comfortably fit in your mouth and help improve the quality of your sleep by eliminating teeth grinding and jaw clenching. To hear more about custom night guards at James Peterson Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, schedule a consultation at our Coppell, TX facility.
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Best Candidates for Night Guards
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. Grinding and clenching at night are usually caused by stress, but can also be the result of a sleep disorder, misaligned teeth, allergies or temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). While Dr. Peterson is diagnosing your bruxism, he will also find out the cause so your night guard may be combined with another treatment for more effective results.
What to Expect with Night Guards
After Dr. Peterson makes your diagnosis, he will take impressions and digital x-rays of your mouth to help create your custom night guard. James Peterson Family & Cosmetic Dentistry will send these details to the dental laboratory where your night guard will be made from 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. Peterson could make minor adjustments so your night guard fits correctly. You will also be given directions on how to care for your night guard so it lasts a long time.
Night Guards Follow-Up
For your night guard to be effective, you will need to wear it every night. Your night guard will relieve or eliminate the pain and dental issues caused by bruxism, but if it does not, please call our team so Dr. Peterson 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. Peterson can repair and adjust the guard as needed.
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 negative side effects of nocturnal bruxism and jaw clenching. Customized night guards from James Peterson Family & Cosmetic Dentistry 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, call our team in Coppell, TX to schedule a consult with experienced dentist Dr. Peterson.