about night guards
Commonly known as bruxism, grinding your teeth at night is a common problem that affects many men and women. While the most noticeable symptom is wear on the surface of the teeth, nocturnal bruxism might also lead to tooth pain, headaches, and inflammation. It can even cause discomfort in your neck and jaw. To protect your mouth against these effects of teeth grinding, seasoned dentist Dr. Michaela Tozzi offers custom night guards that help defend your teeth while you sleep. Custom night guards are made from high-quality materials that comfortably fit in your mouth and improve the nature of your sleep by reducing jaw clenching and teeth grinding. If you live in Henderson or near Las Vegas NV, learn more about custom night guards at Michaela Tozzi, DMD by scheduling a private consultation.
Candidates for night guards
A number of symptoms may indicate that you are grinding your teeth and/or clenching your jaw while you sleep. You might wake up in the morning with pain in your jaw, a headache, and facial swelling. Other symptoms include loosened teeth and/or fillings, chipped enamel on your back teeth, a receding gumline, and tooth sensitivity. Teeth grinding and jaw clenching at night are typically caused by stress but could also be the result of a sleep disorder, misaligned teeth, allergies, or temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). As Dr. Tozzi makes your bruxism diagnosis, she will also find out the underlying cause so your night guard therapy may be coupled with other treatments for the best possible outcome.
creating your night guard
After Dr. Tozzi makes your bruxism diagnosis, she will take oral impressions and digital x-rays of your mouth to create your custom night guard. Michaela Tozzi, DMD will send your specifications to a dental laboratory where your specialized night guard will be made from high-quality materials. Once your night guard is sent back to our office, we will schedule a secondary appointment for your fitting. Dr. Tozzi might make minor adjustments so your night guard fits properly and comfortably. We will also give you specific instructions on how to properly care for your night guard so it lasts a long time.
Night Guards Follow-Up
For maximum night guard efficiency, you will need to wear it every night. Your night guard should relieve or eliminate the pain and dental issues caused by bruxism, but if not, please inform our team so Dr. Tozzi can consider other issues or try other therapies. To help keep your mouth and night guard healthy, you should properly clean your teeth and guard prior to and following each use. We ask that you bring your night guard to all future appointments so Dr. Tozzi can adjust and repair the guard as necessary.
Night Guards Insurance Coverage
If you have been diagnosed with nocturnal bruxism or jaw clenching, part of the cost of your night guard should be covered by your insurance company. If you have dental insurance, our team will contact your insurance carrier to confirm your coverage and costs. At your consultation, Dr. Tozzi can discuss cost estimates (with or without dental insurance) and payment methods. For more affordable dental care, Michaela Tozzi, DMD can help you apply for medical financing.
prevent dental damage
Grinding your teeth can cause discomfort and pain in a variety of ways. Night guards are a safe option to diminish the stress caused by the negative side effects of jaw clenching and teeth grinding. Custom night guards from Michaela Tozzi, DMD can also benefit the overall health of your mouth and deter future complications. If you think a night guard may be right for you, call our team in the Greater Las Vegas area to book a consultation with Dr. Tozzi.