About Night Guards
MINT dentistry is popularly known for our cosmetic treatments, but we also want to protect your smile from problems. Grinding your teeth and clenching your jaw (medically known as bruxism) when you sleep is a common condition, which creates problems in your whole mouth. Although the first symptom is worn-down enamel, bruxism can lead to loose teeth, frequent headaches, swelling in the lower face, as well as neck and jaw pain. Our staff of board-certified doctors recommends night guards that are custom made to protect your teeth and jaw from nocturnal bruxism. Our night guards are crafted from top-quality materials with cutting-edge technology for a comfortable fit that also prevents problems caused by grinding your teeth and clenching your jaw so you can get a restful night of sleep. Get more information about how night guards can help you at MINT dentistry by scheduling a consultation at our practice in Dallas, TX.
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Best Candidates for Night Guards
It's important to look for signs that you have nocturnal bruxism (grinding your teeth and clenching your jaw while you sleep). A night guard may help if you frequently have headaches upon waking as well as pain, tightness, or swelling along your lower face. Some other symptoms that may be alleviated with a night guard are loose fillings or teeth, ground-down enamel on your molars, chronic tooth sensitivity, and receding gums. Clenching your jaw and grinding your teeth at night are usually stress related; however, you may also have a sleep disorder, allergies, misaligned teeth, or a problem with your temporomandibular joint (TMJ). While your dental team is assessing your bruxism, we also look for the underlying cause, which helps us to develop your best plan for your treatment.
What to Expect with Night Guards
First, to decide if you need a night guard, we will perform a comprehensive oral health exam. You will be asked to relax in a massaging treatment chair with a pair of MINT sunglasses and Beats headphones while your exam is underway. Once we diagnose you with nocturnal bruxism, we will get digital x-rays and impressions of your teeth to help us design your custom night guard. We will forward the information and design to a dental lab where your guard will be created with advanced technology from high-quality materials. As soon as your guard is returned to us, we will schedule an appointment. We might make a few alterations to your guard to give you a more comfortable fit. Your team will also talk to you about how to take care of your guard to keep it in good condition for many years.
Night Guards Treatment Aftercare
To get optimal results from your night guard, you should use it whenever you sleep or as often as recommended. Your guard should greatly reduce any problems of nocturnal bruxism; however, if it does not, contact our office right away. For a healthy mouth and night guard, we recommend that you brush your guard and teeth both before and after you use it. Please bring your night guard to every appointment at MINT dentistry so your dentist can perform repairs and make adjustments if they are needed.
The MINT Commitment
Once you are officially diagnosed with a condition like nocturnal bruxism, some of your costs for a night guard will possibly be paid by insurance. We will talk to your insurance company to verify the coverage of your specific policy. At your first appointment, we will be able to estimate your costs. In order to have your night guard fit into your budget, we accept several payment methods, including low-interest medical financing. MINT dentistry is dedicated to giving all patients in Dallas, TX achieve great oral health. For patients who don't have PPO dental insurance, get more information on the MINT Discount Plan.
Night Guards Protect Your Smile
Grinding your teeth and clenching your jaw at night causes pain and other uncomfortable symptoms. A custom night guard is an effective treatment to get better sleep by treating the side effects of clenching your jaw and grinding your teeth while you sleep. Night guards by MINT dentistry may help to prevent expensive problems and keep your whole mouth safe. To get a custom night guard or learn more about bruxism, contact our practice in Dallas, TX to schedule an appointment with a board-certified MINT dentist.