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Teeth Grinding & TMJ Treatment near San Marcos, CA

Get Pain Relief With Our Expert Treatment Options

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.

What Is A Nightguard and How Does It Work?

tmj treatment in encinitas caA 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.

Find Out More About Teeth Grinding & TMJ Treatment near San Marcos, CA!

If you would like to learn more about teeth grinding and TMJ treatment, call 760-230-6638 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!


Our 5-Star-Rated Dentist Can Help You with Teeth Grinding, Teeth Clenching, TMD & TMJ Treatment near San Marcos, CA Serving Encinitas, Carlsbad, San Marcos, Vista, Oceanside, Solana Beach, Del Mar, Rancho Santa Fe, Escondido & San Diego, CA

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"This is a fantastic Dentist, McElroy and the associates in the office are amazing. Our daughters enjoy every time they are here. Very good practice, highly suggested!!"

- Cody H.

"I would definitely recommend Smiles By Design dental office to anyone who is looking for a personable, honest, thorough, and professional dentist. Dr. McElroy and his staff make you feel so comfortable, you forget you are at the dentist!! Highly recommend!"

- Kelly C.

"Had my first appointment at McElroy smiles by design, and the staff was so friendly and informative. It was an enjoyable experience and I plan on going back in the future."

- Isaac W.

"Thanks to everyone in the office! Great service and very punctual. Dr.McElroy is a wonderful dentist, he is very professional and friendly. He does what it takes to do the job perfectly— even if it requires extra time. I needed a lot of work when I first came to the office, but now when its all done, I love the outcome and my new smile! I am stoked!!"

- Wera S.

*The reviews listed are from actual patients of McElroy Smiles. Individual results may vary. Reviews are not claimed to represent results for everyone.

What To Expect On Your First Visit

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