Dental Night Guard Tampa, FL

Night guard therapy is used to successfully treat the symptoms of bruxism (clenching and grinding your teeth). Bruxism can cause damage to the teeth and jaw joints, resulting in pain and the need for expensive restorative dental treatments. Fortunately, your Tampa dentist can help protect your teeth and jaw with a customized night guard.

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What Is a Night Guard and What Are the Benefits of Night Guard Therapy?

A dental night guard is a protective appliance made of durable plastic material worn during sleeping hours. It fits comfortably over your teeth – either over the teeth on the lower or upper arch.

Night guard therapy in Tampa has many benefits. With a dental night guard, you’ll get a great return on your financial investment.

Decreased Pain

When you clench and grind your teeth every night, tension is created in your head, face, neck, and shoulder muscles. If you wake up in the morning with a headache, facial pain, stiff shoulders, or a sore neck, you might have a problem with nocturnal bruxism.

Additionally, bruxism can cause tooth pain. Clenching down on your teeth all night can leave your teeth and gums feeling sore and bruised. Over time, clenching and grinding can cause the enamel to break down, resulting in cracked or chipped teeth that eventually break.

Thankfully, wearing a night guard from your Tampa dentist can ease muscle tension, as well as gum and tooth soreness.

Fewer Headaches

It’s not uncommon for patients who struggle with bruxism to experience chronic headaches and migraines. The headaches are often caused by the facial muscle tension that occurs when you clench your teeth.

Taking steps to reduce daytime stress – like practicing meditation or getting a massage – can help reduce tension.

Unfortunately, it often isn’t enough because it’s difficult to control nocturnal bruxism. You’re asleep, after all!

That is where night guard therapy in Tampa comes into play. Wearing a dental guard at night helps relieve the tension, so you wake up with fewer headaches and less muscle tension that can make you more prone to a headache later in the day.

Less Tooth Damage

Your enamel is very strong, so much so that we must use a laser or an instrument with diamond bits to remove enamel to prepare a tooth for a filling or crown.

Despite the strength of the enamel, constant pressure on the teeth can cause the enamel to weaken and break down. Eventually, you may end up with teeth that are chipped or cracked, which can result in fractured teeth, nerve damage, and pain.

Wearing a night guard while you sleep can protect your teeth from damage.

Improved Aesthetics

When your enamel wears down, your teeth can begin to look short and stubby. Stains may also start to develop in the cracks and grooves of teeth damaged by bruxism.

Wearing a night guard from your Tampa dentist can help protect the healthy, youthful appearance of your teeth.

Better Sleep

Bruxism causes muscle tension and pain, making it difficult to sleep. When you invest in a night guard in Tampa, you’re taking a step toward better sleep. The night guard will help relieve muscle tension, reduce pain, and make it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep.

What to Expect During Your Night Guard Appointment

To create a custom night guard, we begin by using an intraoral camera to scan your teeth, creating a digital impression. The data from this scan is sent to a dental lab, where a specially trained lab technician will fabricate the night guard. Once they’re finished, you’ll have an appliance that fits your teeth perfectly.

Learn More About Night Guard Therapy in Tampa

Are you suffering from chronic headaches, jaw pain, and sore teeth? You might have an issue with bruxism. If this is the case for you, night guard therapy can be an excellent option to help relieve your symptoms.

Contact our team to schedule a consultation and examination. Your Tampa dentist will work with you to discover the root cause of your symptoms, which will indicate which course of action will fit your needs best.

Are you suffering from chronic headaches, jaw pain, and sore teeth? You might have a bruxism problem. Contact us to schedule a consultation with your Tampa dentist to discuss whether you’re a good candidate for night guard therapy.

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