About Night Guards
MINT dentistry is more than cosmetic dentistry — we are also focused on protecting your teeth from problems. Teeth grinding and jaw clenching (also known as bruxism) at night is a common condition, which creates problems in your whole mouth. Although the first symptom is worn-down enamel, nocturnal bruxism can also cause loose teeth, frequent headaches, facial inflammation, as well as pain in your jaw and neck. Our staff of board-certified doctors offers custom night guards that can protect your teeth and jaw from nocturnal bruxism. Custom night guards are crafted from top-quality materials with cutting-edge technology to fit you comfortably and prevent problems caused by teeth grinding and jaw clenching so you can get a better night’s sleep. Learn more about custom night guards at MINT dentistry by scheduling a consultation at our practice in North Richland Hills, TX.
There are many signs that you are grinding your teeth and/or clenching your jaw at night. You may be a candidate for a night guard if you often wake up with a headache in addition to swelling, tightness, or pain along your lower face. Some other symptoms that may suggest the need for a night guard are loose fillings or teeth, ground-down enamel on your molars, chronic tooth sensitivity, and receding gums. Teeth grinding and jaw clenching while you sleep are typically caused by stress; however, you may also have misaligned teeth, a sleep disorder, allergies, or a problem with your temporomandibular joint (TMJ). While a member of our highly skilled dental team is assessing your bruxism, we will also try to determine the cause of the condition, which helps us to develop a comprehensive plan for your treatment.
What to Expect
First, to decide if you need a night guard, our team will perform a comprehensive dental examination. 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 the MINT dentistry team diagnoses your bruxism, we will get digital x-rays and impressions of your mouth so your custom night guard can be designed. We will forward the information and design to a dental lab where your night guard will be created with advanced technology from high-quality materials. As soon as your night guard is returned to us, we will schedule an appointment. A member of the MINT dentistry team might make minor alterations to your night guard to ensure it fits comfortably. We will also talk to you about how to take care of your night guard to keep it in good condition for a long time.
For your night guard to work effectively, you will need to use it whenever you sleep or as recommended by our dental professionals. Your guard should greatly reduce the pain and dental problems of bruxism, but if not, please contact our office so we can address the problem immediately. To help keep your mouth and night guard healthy, we recommend that you brush your guard and teeth before and after each use. Your night guard should be brought in to all future appointments so your dentist can perform repairs and make adjustments as needed.
The MINT Commitment
Once you are officially diagnosed with a condition like nocturnal bruxism, some of your costs for a night guard will likely be paid by your dental insurance. If you have PPO dental insurance, our office will talk to your insurance company to determine your coverage and benefits. At your first appointment, a MINT dentistry team member will discuss cost estimates. In order to have your night guard fit into your budget, MINT dentistry accepts several payment methods, including low-interest medical financing. Our practice is dedicated to giving all patients in North Richland Hills, TX get great dental care. For patients who don't have PPO dental insurance, ask our team about the MINT Discount Plan.
Protect Your Smile
Teeth grinding can be uncomfortable and cause pain in other areas of your life. A custom night guard is a great way to get better sleep by treating the unpleasant side effects of nocturnal bruxism and jaw clenching. Night guards by MINT dentistry may help to improve the overall health of your mouth and prevent future issues. If you think that this might be the remedy for you or would like to learn more, contact our practice in North Richland Hills, TX to schedule an appointment with a board-certified MINT dentist.