About Night Guards
MINT dentistry is more than cosmetic dentistry — we are also focused on protecting your mouth from damage. Grinding your teeth and clenching your jaw (medically known as bruxism) overnight is a common condition, which creates damage to your teeth, gums, and jaw. Although the most visible symptom is worn-down enamel, nocturnal bruxism can manifest as symptoms, like loose teeth, frequent headaches, swelling in the lower face, plus chronic pain in your head and neck. MINT dentistry's staff of board-certified doctors offers night guards that are custom made to protect your mouth while you sleep. Night guards are crafted from top-quality materials utilizing state-of-the-art technology to fit you comfortably and prevent problems from teeth grinding and jaw clenching, helping you to achieve a better night’s sleep. Get more information about how night guards can help you at MINT dentistry by scheduling an appointment at our office in Humble, TX.
You may have one or several signs that you have nocturnal bruxism (grinding your teeth and clenching your jaw while you sleep). You may be a candidate for a night guard if you often experience headaches when you wake up in the morning in addition to swelling, tightness, or pain in your jaw. Some other signs that suggest you may need a night guard include loose fillings or teeth, ground-down enamel on your molars, chronic tooth sensitivity, and a receding gumline. Clenching your jaw and grinding your teeth at night is usually stress-related, but it may also be the result of allergies, misaligned teeth, a sleep disorder, or a problem with your temporomandibular joint (TMJ). While a member of our highly skilled dental team is diagnosing bruxism, we also try to identify the cause of the condition so we can develop a comprehensive treatment plan.
What to Expect
First, to determine if you need a night guard, we will perform a thorough dental examination. You can relax in a massaging treatment chair with a pair of MINT sunglasses and Beats headphones while your exam is underway. Once we diagnose a condition requiring an oral appliance, we will take digital x-rays and impressions of your mouth to help us design your custom night guard. We will forward this information to a dental laboratory where your guard will be created out of high-quality materials with advanced technology. When your guard is sent back to our office, we will schedule an appointment. Your dentist may make minor adjustments to your night guard to give you a more comfortable fit. Your dentist will also talk to you about how to care for your guard so it remains in great condition for as long as possible.
To fully benefit from your custom night guard, you have to wear it every night or as frequently as your MINT dentistry team recommends. Your custom night guard should greatly reduce the pain and dental problems caused by teeth grinding and jaw clenching; however, if it does not, schedule an appointment as soon as possible so we can discuss other treatment options. To help keep your mouth and night guard healthy, we recommend that you clean your teeth and guard before and after each use. Your night guard should be brought in to every appointment at MINT dentistry so we can make adjustments or repairs.
The MINT Commitment
If you are diagnosed with a condition, like nocturnal bruxism, part of the cost of your night guard will probably be paid by insurance. If you have PPO dental insurance, our office will contact your provider to determine how much your policy will cover. During your first appointment, a MINT dentistry team member will discuss cost estimates. To help make your treatment more affordable, we accept numerous forms of payment, including medical financing. MINT dentistry is committed to helping all patients in Humble, TX achieve great oral health. If you do not have PPO dental insurance, get more information on the MINT Discount Plan.
Protect Your Smile
Grinding your teeth and clenching your jaw at night causes pain and other uncomfortable symptoms. A custom night guard is an effective treatment to diminish the sleepless nights caused by the symptoms of nocturnal bruxism and jaw clenching. Night guards by MINT dentistry can also prevent expensive problems and keep your whole mouth safe. If you think that this might be the remedy for you or would like to learn more, contact our practice in Humble, TX to book a consultation with MINT dentistry.