Why Get a Night Guard?
Grinding teeth at night, also known as bruxism, is an everyday issue that many men and women have — some without even knowing. The most visible indicator is a deterioration of the surface of the teeth, but nocturnal bruxism can also cause tooth pain, headaches, and inflammation, plus discomfort in your neck and jaw. To protect your mouth from these effects of teeth grinding, dentist Dr. Edward Knight offers custom night guards that help defend and protect your teeth while you sleep. Custom night guards are made with high-grade materials that fit comfortably and help improve the quality of your sleep by reducing teeth grinding and jaw clenching. To learn more about custom night guards at Knight Dental Care, schedule an appointment at our Midland, MI office.
Do I Need a Night Guard?
If you wake up in the morning with a headache, tightness or pain in your jaw, and facial swelling, it's a good indication that you've been grinding your teeth while you sleep. Other indicators are loose teeth and/or fillings, chipped enamel on the top of your back teeth, a receding gumline, and tooth sensitivity. Grinding and clenching at night are often caused by stress but could also be the result of misaligned teeth, allergies, a sleep disorder, or temporomandibular joint disorder (called TMD). When Dr. Knight makes your bruxism diagnosis, he will also get to the root cause of the problem so that your night guard therapy can be coupled with additional treatment(s) for even better results.
How Do I Get a Night Guard?
After Dr. Knight makes your bruxism diagnosis, he will take oral impressions and digital x-rays of your mouth to create your custom night guard. He will send your information to the dental laboratory where your specialized night guard will be crafted out of high-quality materials. When your night guard is sent back to our office, we will have you come in for a fitting. Dr. Knight may make small adjustments so your night guard fits properly and comfortably. You will also be given instructions on how to properly care for your night guard so it lasts a long time.
Protection from Nightly Teeth Grinding
Night guards are a safe option to diminish the sleepless nights that result from the unpleasant symptoms of jaw clenching and teeth grinding. Customized night guards from Knight Dental Care can even benefit the overall health of your mouth and reduce future complications. If you think that this might be the remedy for you or you are interested in learning more, call our office in Midland, MI to set up a consultation with cosmetic dentist Dr. Knight. Our friendly staff can also answer any questions you have about cost, financing, and insurance for a night guard.