Bruxism, or the habit of grinding or clenching your teeth, is a common occurrence among many patients. Often taking place during sleep, bruxism can lead to TMJ (temporomandibular joint) problems, wear on the teeth and restorations, and even gum recession. Common symptoms of a teeth grinding habit are frequent headaches, jaw or facial pain, toothaches, and earaches or tinnitus (ringing in the ear). To help minimize these effects and protect your smile from teeth grinding, Dr. Najib Adi and team offer custom-fitted night guards to wear when you sleep. Our team at Atlas Walk Dental & Orthodontics is committed to advancing oral health through the latest in technology. We custom-make night guards right in our office using state-of-the-art equipment, saving you on time and cost. Night guards reduce the impact on your teeth and jaw and can help prevent damage to your oral health. If you or a family member grind your teeth while sleeping, schedule a consultation with at our Gainesville, VA practice today to learn more about custom night guards.
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Several signs or symptoms may indicate that you grind or clench your teeth when you are sleeping. Classic signs teeth grinding are worn or uneven biting edges of the teeth and chipped, loose, or broken teeth and fillings. Pain or tenderness in the face or jaw, facial swelling, frequent headaches, and tooth sensitivity may also point to a teeth grinding habit. A number of lifestyle, medical, or environmental factors may cause you to grind your teeth, such as stress, genetics, malocclusion, and sleep apnea. As Dr. Adi and team assess your symptoms and diagnose your condition, they will also help determine the root cause behind your teeth grinding habit. Our general dentists will also determine if night guard therapy is ideal for your needs.
What to Expect
At Atlas Walk Dental & Orthodontics, we are proud to use the latest technology to ensure the best-quality care for your family’s oral health. Dr. Adi and team custom-craft night guards using high-quality materials and our Drufomat Scan Pressure Machine onsite in our family dental practice. We begin the procedure by taking upper and lower impressions of your teeth, from which we make stone models. Our skilled team then uses these models to custom-fit your night guard with our advanced in-house equipment. Using this type of technology allows our patients to avoid the wait associated with lab-fabricated night guards while saving time spent in the dental chair and the added expense of lab costs. Once your night guard is finished, Dr. Adi or a member of the Atlas Walk team will try it in your mouth to ensure a custom fit and comfort. We will also provide you with instructions on how to clean and care for your night guard at home.
It is important to wear your night guard each night, even when your symptoms subside. Your custom night guard will help keep your teeth in a balanced position and minimize the discomfort and oral complications often caused by teeth grinding and clenching. Thorough home care with brushing and flossing each day along with proper care for your night guard is the best way to keep your smile healthy and appliance long-lasting. Please bring your night guard with you to your future dental cleaning and exam appointments so that Dr. Adi and team can continue to monitor your progress and adjust your guard if necessary.
If Dr. Adi or a member of the Atlas Walk team diagnose you with bruxism, a portion of your night guard may be covered by your dental insurance. Our team will review your coverage benefits and determine your out-of-pocket cost before beginning your night guard fabrication. To help make receiving care affordable, Atlas Walk Dental & Orthodontics accepts most PPO plans and several convenient methods of payment, including financing through CareCredit®. We are happy to review your options and help you receive the care needed for a healthy smile.
Custom Night Guards
Teeth grinding can affect your oral health, comfort, and wellness in many different ways. Wearing a custom-fit night guard can help protect your teeth and jaw and keep your smile in top shape. At Atlas Walk Dental & Orthodontics, our team is proud to provide the advanced solutions your family needs to enjoy healthy, confident smiles. Contact our Gainesville, VA practice today to learn more about night guards and to schedule your appointment.