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Night Guards – TMJ Treatment – Teeth Grinding Treatment – Scottsdale, AZ *

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Overview

Many patients unknowingly grind their teeth or clench their jaw while sleeping, which can lead to pain when they wake up. Over extended periods of time, these activities can cause wear and tear on the teeth, which can lead to toothaches; cracks; and cause other symptoms like jaw pain, headaches, and inflammation. For these patients, Scottsdale, AZ dentist, Dr. Rod Gore, will customize night guards to be worn throughout the night to protect the teeth and jaws. The teeth are prevented from coming into contact with one another and the jaw is prevented from clenching.

Patients who suffer from TMJ, or Temporomandibular joint disorder, can benefit greatly from night guards. The disorder is caused by issues related to the jaw and jaw joint and the surrounding muscles, which can cause teeth grinding, toothaches, headaches, and more. Properly fitted night guards can help relieve all of these symptoms.

What to Expect

Once the patient decides to get a night guard, they will schedule an appointment at their dentist's office to have impressions of the upper and lower teeth made. The impressions will be sent to a dental laboratory where a custom-fit night guard will be crafted for the patient. Once the night guard is returned to the dentist, the patient will come in to have their night guard fitted by their dentist.

Treatment Aftercare

The night guard can last for several years with proper home care. The patient should clean the mouth guard before and after each use. Depending on the type of material used when making the mouth guard, the dentist will give the patient more specific care instructions. Patients should bring their night guard to all future dental appointments so the dentist can check for general wear and decide when it needs to be replaced.

Anticipated Costs

Compared to over-the-counter night guards, custom night guards are more expensive, but some or all of the cost may be covered by the patient’s dental insurance if it is medically necessary. A night guard custom fit by a dentist can cost from $200 $1,100, but they are more comfortable and last longer than store bought night guards.

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A Quiet Night's Sleep

If you are one of the 30 – 40 million Americans who wake up with headaches or mouth pain, ask your dentist about a custom night guard that can protect your teeth from grinding and clenching. Not only will you get a better night’s sleep, but you’ll also protect your teeth from serious damage.