Night Guard

Night guards, sometimes known as orthotics, are oral appliances made from medical silicone or plastic that are custom-fabricated to fit over the teeth. They are often used to prevent nighttime teeth grinding and clenching, as well as to properly position the jaw to relax hyperactive muscles and decrease TMD symptoms. While most dental night guards are primarily made to protect the teeth from becoming damaged as a result of bruxism, our office uses a neuromuscular approach to fabricate your custom night guard. Using a neuromuscular approach means that we look into the relationship between the teeth, muscles, and jaw joint position. We then use this information to fabricate a night guard that will hold your jaw in the most relaxed position in order to promote healing and a reduction of TMD symptoms.

Did you know…

Traditionally, dentistry focuses only on the teeth. This is why most night guards are designed solely to protect the teeth from damage. Neuromuscular dentistry, however, focuses on three factors: the teeth, muscles, and jaw position. This approach reduces primary pain in the jaw, as well as secondary pain in the neck, head, and shoulders.


Should I see an Emergency Dentist?

Most dental emergencies can be treated quickly and effectively by an experienced, licensed dentist. If you are experiencing sudden or chronic tooth pain, even if it is not currently a medical issue for your teeth then make sure that the person treating you has experience with trauma injuries to their mouth as well so they know what steps need taken next

What should I expect at the Appointment?

There are some problems that require immediate attention. If you have a toothache or any other painful issue, don’t ignore it! You can expect to be seen by your emergency dentist quickly and without an appointment. Please call your dentist’s office if possible before you arrive.

What can I do after my emergency dental appointment to avoid future problems?

Some of the most common dental emergencies can be prevented by taking a few simple precautions. Avoid chewing hard foods, such as candy and ice to prevent tooth cracks or chipping; also wear an effective mouth guard during sports for protection against injuries that may result in teeth problems down the line.