Protect your smile and seize the many other benefits of night guards for teeth grinding in Maryville, TN

Relief from headaches, radiating facial pain, jaw stiffness, and other chronic symptoms may be as simple as a visit to your trusted dentist’s office in Maryville, TN. Proffitt Dentistry has designed night guards and other oral appliances that effectively ease the pain and problems caused by teeth grinding (bruxism) and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. These oral appliances for bruxism and related conditions are also customized to your mouth to protect the teeth, dental restorations, and associated oral structures from damage and excessive “wear and tear.”

How night guards’ work 

Not unlike other oral appliances, night guards are designed from impressions or molds of your mouth. These molds are used to make appliances that fit precisely yet comfortably. You slip the custom guard over your teeth before you go to bed. While bruxism or teeth-grinding often arises when patients are sleeping (this is where the name “night guards” come from), you may also grind or clench your teeth during the day. We can discuss your options for treatment and techniques to alleviate such grinding and jaw-clenching, as today’s dentistry provides many discreet options for oral appliance therapy. You may also benefit from relaxation techniques, as daytime bruxers tend to grind their teeth when stressed. 

Anytime stress is placed on the joints that connect our jaws to the skull (the TMJs), disruptive or painful symptoms can arise. Chronic bruxism may be just the condition that “stresses” the joints and results in TMJ disorders’ characteristic facial pain and jaw stiffness. Oral appliances such as night guards can help lift the pressure or force placed on both the teeth and on interrelated tissues and oral structures. So, bruxers may find that, with appropriate oral appliance therapy, they suddenly get less frequent headaches, or the headaches aren’t as severe. Likewise, they may experience less jaw pain or find that their jaws don’t lock up as often when they open and close their mouths. 

Benefit from night guards today

Nightguards are easy to care for and easy to wear. They are also highly portable and an excellent investment in your smile and well-being. Custom appliances preserve your natural teeth and extend the life of restorations such as dental crowns. So, you get to keep more money in your pocket by avoiding the expense and trauma of more invasive restorative treatments or repairs. Contact us at (865) 432-0804 today to schedule your appointment at our office, which serves East Tennessee — Knoxville, Gatlinburg, Seymour, Tellico, Alcoa, Vonore, Lenoir City, Madisonville, and everywhere in between.