Night guards are a type of custom oral appliance that work to protect your teeth and prevent damage from bruxism, TMJ dysfunctions and related dental problems. Bruxism in particular causes many problems for your oral health. Most people who suffer from bruxism are not aware of it, as the teeth grinding and clenching most often occur during sleep.
Common signs of bruxism include:
- Chronic jaw, facial and ear pain
- Tired and tight feelings in the jaw upon waking
- Frequent headaches and migraines, especially in the morning
- Excessively worn tooth enamel
- Chipped, flattened, cracked or very worn teeth
- Indentations on the side of the tongue
- Increased tooth sensitivity
- Gum recession
Night guards prevent your teeth from touching, halting the progression of damage due to grinding and clenching your teeth. Our dentists custom-design your night guards to fit your mouth perfectly so that you can enjoy a comfortable and effective treatment. Once that damage has been halted, Dr. Remington Townsend, Dr. Jacob Condon or Dr. Kenton Smith will work with you to develop a restorative treatment plan to repair the damage and help you regain your oral health. This plan may incorporate multiple restorative treatments as well as relaxation and stress management exercises to help reduce your bruxism further.
To learn more about night guards in Billings, Montana, and to schedule a consultation with our dentists, please contact Remington Family Dental today at 406-545-0035.