If you suffer from the painful side effects of teeth grinding (bruxism) or TMJ disorder (TMD), we can provide you with a nightguard to help reduce or even eliminate your discomfort. Our dentist has successfully helped many patients with this non-invasive teeth grinding and TMJ treatment near San Marcos, CA.
A nightguard is a bite splint that you wear during sleep. It fits over your teeth and functions like an athletic mouthguard. However, a nightguard is made of much stronger material, so it can withstand the strong forces of your clenching jaw. Unlike an athletic mouthguard, a nightguard is precision-fitted and specially shaped to control the way your upper and lower teeth close together.
Your nightguard prevents your teeth from being worn down, cracked, or otherwise damaged by spreading out the pressure on your vulnerable teeth. It also creates a comfortable barrier between your upper and lower teeth, preventing the tooth-to-tooth contact that can cause damage during tooth grinding.
If you tend to suffer from headaches or facial pain due to teeth grinding, your nightguard can help with this, too! This type of pain is often caused by the overuse of and strain on your facial muscles from teeth clenching or grinding. When you wear your nightguard to sleep, the occlusal appliance can lessen muscle activity in your jaw. That means less muscle strain and therefore, less pain.
Most of our patients report that their headaches and pain were significantly reduced or fully eliminated after using our custom-made nightguards.
If you would like to learn more about teeth grinding and TMJ treatment, call 760.621.8700 and schedule an appointment with Dr. McElroy. New patients also have access to our $99 Dr. McElroy New Patient Dental Health Exam by clicking here. Call today and make your headaches and facial pain a thing of the past!