The grinding of your teeth at night, also known as bruxism, is a common issue that affects many individuals. Although the most recognizable symptom is deterioration of the enamel of the teeth, nocturnal bruxism may also lead to tooth pain, headaches, and inflammation, plus discomfort in your neck and jaw. To guard your mouth against the effects of bruxism, dentist Dr. Drew Randall provides customized night guards that help defend your teeth while you rest. Custom night guards are created with high-grade materials that comfortably fit in your mouth and improve the nature of your sleep by eliminating jaw clenching and teeth grinding. If you are interested in learning more about custom night guards at Randall Dentistry, set up a consultation at our Dallas, TX facility.
A number of indicators may suggest that you are clenching your jaw and/or grinding your teeth at night. Maybe you frequently wake up in the morning with pain in your jaw, a headache, and/or facial swelling. Other symptoms include loose fillings or teeth, chipped enamel on your back teeth, a receding gumline, and tooth sensitivity. Grinding and clenching at night are usually caused by stress but can also be brought on by a sleep disorder, misaligned teeth, allergies, or temporomandibular joint disorder (called TMD). While Dr. Randall makes your bruxism diagnosis, he will also find out the cause so that your night guard therapy can be coupled with other treatments for the best possible outcome.
What to Expect
After Dr. Randall makes your diagnosis, he will obtain oral impressions and digital oral x-rays to help create your custom night guard. Next, he will send these details to the dental laboratory where your specialized night guard will be made from the best materials. After your night guard is complete and sent back to us, we will inform you so you can come in for a fitting. Dr. Randall could make small adjustments so that it fits correctly. You will also be given directions on how to properly care for your night guard so it will last many years.
For maximum night guard efficiency, you will need to wear it each night. Your night guard should relieve or alleviate the discomfort and dental issues created by bruxism, but if it does not, please contact our team so Dr. Randall can consider additional issues and recommend other therapies. In order to help keep your night guard and mouth in good condition, we recommend that you clean and care for both prior to and following each use. Be sure to bring your night guard to all future appointments, exams, and cleanings so Dr. Randall can repair and adjust the guard as needed.
Once you receive a bruxism diagnosis, some of the cost of your night guard should be paid by your insurance company. If you have dental insurance, our team will call your insurance carrier to obtain your benefits and costs. At your consultation, Dr. Randall will give you information about our accepted payment methods, as well as your costs, with or without insurance. For more affordable dental care, Randall Dentistry can also help you to qualify for medical financing.
Custom Night Guards
Grinding your teeth can lead to pain and discomfort in a number of ways. Night guards are a safe option to lessen the fatigue that results from the annoying symptoms of jaw clenching and teeth grinding. Customized night guards from Randall Dentistry may also benefit your overall oral health and deter future complications. If this sounds like a solution to your worries or if you are interested in learning more, contact our team in Dallas, TX to schedule a consultation with experienced dentist Dr. Randall.