The grinding of your teeth at night, also known as bruxism, is a common problem that affects many individuals. Although the most noticeable symptom is wear on the surface of the teeth, nocturnal bruxism may also cause tooth pain, headaches, and inflammation, as well as discomfort in your jaw and neck. To protect your mouth against these effects of teeth grinding, experienced dentist Dr. Sangiv I. Patel offers custom night guards that help defend your mouth while you sleep. Custom night guards are created with high-grade materials to comfortably fit in your mouth and help improve the quality of your sleep by eliminating teeth grinding and jaw clenching. For more information about custom night guards, schedule a consultation at our Melbourne, FL facility.
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A number of indicators may suggest that you are clenching your jaw and/or grinding your teeth at night. Maybe you frequently wake up with pain in your jaw, a headache, and swelling in your lower face. Other symptoms can include loose fillings or teeth, worn down enamel on the top of your back teeth, tooth sensitivity, or a receding gumline. Grinding and clenching at night are usually caused by stress but can also be the result of a sleep disorder, misaligned teeth, allergies, or temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). After Dr. Patel has diagnosed your bruxism, he will also find out the cause in case your night guard needs to be combined with another treatment for more effective results.
What to Expect
After Dr. Patel makes your diagnosis, he will take digital x-rays of your mouth to help create your custom night guard, which will be crafted using high-quality materials. When your night guard is complete, we will inform you so that you can come in for a fitting. Dr. Patel could make minor adjustments so your night guard fits correctly. You will also be given directions on how to care for your night guard so it lasts a long time.
For your night guard to be effective, you will need to wear it every night. Your night guard will relieve or eliminate the pain and dental issues caused by bruxism, but if it does not, please call our team so Dr. Patel can consider other issues or try other therapies. To help keep your night guard and mouth in good condition, you should properly clean both prior to and following each use. Be sure to bring your night guard to all future appointments, exams, and cleanings so Dr. Patel can repair and adjust the guard as needed.
If you have been diagnosed with nocturnal bruxism or jaw clenching, part of the cost of your night guard could be covered by your insurance company. If you have dental insurance, our team will contact your insurance carrier to obtain your coverage and costs. During your consult, Dr. Patel can discuss cost estimates, with or without dental insurance, and go over the various payment methods we accept. For more affordable dental care, Sangiv I. Patel, D.D.S., PA can help you apply for medical financing.
Custom Night Guards
Teeth grinding can cause discomfort and pain in a number of ways. Night guards are a safe option to diminish the fatigue that results from the negative symptoms of nocturnal bruxism and jaw clenching. Customized night guards from Sangiv I. Patel, D.D.S., PA may also benefit the overall health of your mouth and deter future issues. If a night guard sounds like a good solution to your concerns, or if you are interested in learning more, call our team in Melbourne, FL to schedule a consult with experienced dentist Dr. Patel.