About Night Guard Therapy
The habit of clenching or grinding the teeth, or bruxism, is a common condition affecting children and adults. Teeth grinding and clenching among New Braunfels, TX patients most often occurs during sleep and is frequently identified by a wearing or flattening of tooth enamel. However, some individuals also experience temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction, headaches, tooth pain, and other discomforts. In an effort to minimize the risks of bruxism, the general dentists at ACE Dental of New Braunfels offer custom night guards. These appliances are crafted of durable, high-grade materials and are worn during sleep to help protect the teeth, gums, and jaw joints from the damaging effects of teeth clenching and grinding. If you or your child may have bruxism, schedule a visit at our facility to learn if a custom night guard can help preserve your oral health and comfort.
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Are You a Candidate for Night Guard Therapy?
You may be a candidate for night guard therapy if you have bruxism, which is often associated with stress, tooth misalignment, TMJ dysfunction, and sleep disorders. Some of the more common symptoms of teeth grinding or clenching include:
- Tightness or pain in the jaw
- Worn or chipped teeth
- Damaged fillings or other restorations
- Swelling or tenderness in the face
- Morning headaches
- A receded gumline
- Tooth sensitivity
Wearing a night guard during sleep can reduce the risk of oral damage and uncomfortable symptoms. When you visit ACE Dental of New Braunfels for a bruxism evaluation, our dentists will also try to pinpoint the cause of the condition to optimize your treatment results.
What Is the Night Guard Process?
Our team will begin the night guard process by taking quick, comfortable digital impressions of your mouth using our advanced iTero intraoral scanner. We will then send these impressions to a dental lab, along with specific instructions on creating your unique dental appliance. Night guards are typically made from top-grade materials and designed to be worn over your upper or lower arch. We will have you return to our New Braunfels, TX office a few weeks later to receive your guard and have it fitted. Minor adjustments can be made by our team as necessary to ensure your appliance fits securely and comfortably in your mouth. Instructions on how to care for and maintain your guard will be provided by our team.
Caring for Your Bruxism Appliance
Night guards work to keep the upper and lower teeth from touching throughout the night, helping to protect your teeth while reducing tension in your jaw. Wearing your appliance every night is necessary to gain the most effective results. For some patients, our team may pair night guard therapy with other treatment modalities (like palliative remedies) to further preserve your oral structures and improve your general comfort. We recommend that you clean your bruxism appliance following each use to maintain its condition. You should also bring your appliance with you to routine dental checkups at ACE Dental of New Braunfels so our dentists can make adjustments as necessary and ensure it continues to meet your needs.
Will Insurance Cover Night Guards?
A night guard appliance might be covered in part under your dental insurance plan. Our business team will get in touch with your carrier to learn about your benefits and aid in maximizing any form of coverage. If you have out-of-pocket costs, we will be happy to explain the payment options accepted at ACE Dental of New Braunfels or help you explore other budget-friendly financial solutions.
Protect Against Teeth Grinding and Clenching
Though a common occurrence, the habit of teeth grinding or clenching can damage your teeth, cause TMJ pain, and lead to other uncomfortable oral issues. A custom night guard from ACE Dental of New Braunfels may be able to reduce the symptoms of bruxism and protect the health of your smile. Reserve a visit with our New Braunfels, TX practice to find relief from bruxism effects and learn more about night guard therapy.