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 dentists, Dr. Rod Gore and Dr. Whitney Sebree, 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.
"Just visited Shawna at Dr. Gore's office. Been working with her for nearly 10 years and she has made an incredible difference with my oral health."- D.B. / Yelp / Sep 20, 2016
"I had a dental emergency at Sunday night. One of my veneers popped off and it looked terrible!i called the emergency dentist and arranged to be seen at 7:00am the next morning. They were very friendly and kind people. I was out in thirty minutes! I'm definitely switching to Dr Gore. He is the best scottsdale dentist!"- J. / Healthgrades / Aug 15, 2017
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"Dr. Gore has been my dentist for over 20 years. I recently had a broken tooth that needed repair. They got me in promptly, diagnosed my problem and put in a crown; all in the same visit! I enjoyed "VIP care" from an excellent dentist and staff. Felt great after treatment. Thanks to Dr. Gore and staff for a great experience!"- J.D. / Google / Jul 24, 2017
"The staff greets you promptly as you walkin the door super polite and friendly, they go out of their way to assist you in every way possible. while in the waiting room they provide you with tea, coffe and cold water, however I did not have to wait they took me in exactly at my specified appt time. My teeth whitening experience was very pleasant perfromed by a new dental assistant at the office she has only been working there for 1 month and you could not tell. She is very well trained and made me feel at ease during the entire experience. I was very impressed by the entire staff, and the office is beautiful clean and comfortable. What a pleasant experience."- M.C. / Google / May 29, 2017
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.
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.
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.
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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.