About Night Guards
The grinding and clenching of teeth at night, also known as bruxism, is an everyday problem that affects many patients in the Plymouth and Kingston, MA area. While the most obvious symptom is often the wearing away of tooth enamel, nocturnal bruxism can also cause tooth pain and damage, migraines or frequent headaches, and a variety of other uncomfortable symptoms. To guard against the effects of bruxism and provide relief from migraine headaches, general dentist Dr. E. Morgan Scheiber offers custom night guards and NTI-tss Plus oral appliances that protect your mouth while you rest. Custom night guards are created with high-quality materials to fit comfortably and help improve the quality of your sleep by diminishing teeth clenching and grinding. To learn more about custom night guards from Plymouth Dental Group and find the relief you need, contact our team today.
Ideal Candidates for Night Guards
A number of indicators may suggest that you are grinding your teeth and/or clenching your jaw at night:
- Waking in the mornings with jaw pain or facial swelling
- Migraines or chronic headaches
- Damaged fillings or other restorations
- Chipped enamel or worn biting or chewing surfaces
- Tooth sensitivity or a receding gumline
Teeth grinding or clenching is often caused by stress but may also derive from misaligned teeth, an uneven bite, a sleep disorder, or temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). When Dr. Scheiber evaluates a bruxism condition, he will also try to determine the cause so that night guard therapy can be combined with other treatments for the best possible results.
Treating Bruxism With Night Guards or NTI
Our team will take impressions of your teeth so your custom night guard or NTI can be created. A traditional night guard is a u-shaped appliance worn over your upper or lower arch to prevent the teeth from grinding and minimize jaw clenching. An NTI is a small device that fits between the upper and lower front teeth and is often used to treat migraine symptoms caused by bruxism. We will then send your impressions along with specifications to a dental laboratory where your custom night guard will be created with high-quality materials. When it is finished and sent back to our office, we will have you return for a fitting. Dr. Scheiber might make minor adjustments to your guard so that it fits comfortably and will provide specific instructions on how to properly care for your appliance.
Caring for Your appliance
For your night guard or NTI to be effective, you must wear it every night. Your custom dental appliance will be designed to minimize or alleviate the discomfort and dental complications caused by bruxism. In some cases, additional therapies or palliative solutions may be suggested to enhance your overall oral function, health, and comfort. To help keep your mouth and night guard in top condition, we recommend that you clean and care for your teeth and guard before and after each use. We also encourage you to bring your appliance to routine dental visits at Plymouth Dental Care so Dr. Scheiber can adjust is as necessary and monitor its effectiveness.
Does Insurance Cover Night Guards?
If you have been diagnosed with bruxism, a portion of your night guard may be covered by dental insurance. Before taking impressions, our team will review your specific plan and provide an estimate of any anticipated costs. Plymouth Dental Group accepts flexible financing plans and several easy payment options to make dental care convenient and affordable for our patients.
Improve Your Health and Comfort
Grinding or clenching your teeth can affect your health and comfort in a number of ways. Dr. Scheiber is pleased to offer custom night guards and NTI devices to Plymouth and Kingston, MA patients as effective solutions bruxism and migraine treatment. Find the relief you need from jaw pain, headaches, and other discomfort by scheduling a night guard consultation at Plymouth Dental Group.