Dental health is more than just brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist on a regular basis. Some patients in the area of Houston, TX who have conditions such as bruxism or temporomandibular joint disorder may benefit from treatment with oral appliance therapy through the use of a night guard.
What is a night guard?
A night guard is a plastic appliance that is used at night while patients sleep. It can help in protecting the teeth and restorations from damage due to clenching and grinding often attributed to conditions such as bruxism and temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). Our professionals can determine if patients are suffering from this condition with a physical evaluation of the smile. This is what often causes a dentist to raise concern regarding this unconscious activity that occurs while patients are sleeping. It can be easy for the dentist to see damage to the natural teeth and dental restorations. This wear and tear on the enamel and porcelain restorations is indicative of bruxism. Patients who have pain and discomfort in the jaw joint may also have a co-concurring condition known as TMD.
How is a night guard made?
Night guards available in our office are custom-made and are created with high quality plastics for longevity and comfort. Patients who need night guards will undergo a series of impressions that are used to create these appliances. Once completed, patients are educated on how to use them by their dentist who can also walk them through methods of cleaning and care over time.
Do you feel as though you could benefit from a night guard?
Oral appliance therapy can be used in many situations, and we encourage patients to book a consultation appointment with Dr. M.H. Peters, Jr. of Peters Dental Associates to discuss their options. Call the office today at (281) 486-8061 and speak with our team conveniently located at 2508 Bay Area Boulevard, Suite 100. We encourage patients to schedule their visit with our dentist and find out if oral appliance therapy in the form of a night guard can help with the treatment of bruxism and TMD.