Scenic City Dentistry - Chattanooga, TN



Protecting your Teeth
Nightguards (or mouth splints) are custom-fitted plastic appliances that are worn over the teeth to protect them from damage due to clenching or grinding, a condition known as Bruxism.

Bruxism is usually associated with stress, but can be related to sleep disorders or a poor bite (often the result of multiple missing or crooked teeth). Because it usually occurs during sleep, it can go unnoticed for years.

Common symptoms of bruxism include headaches, tired or sore facial muscles upon wakening, and cracked or sensitive teeth.

  • Extensive teeth grinding can cause severe wear of tooth enamel, making the teeth appear shorter and flattened; less enamel also means increased tooth sensitivity.
  • Left untreated, bruxism can eventually result in serious tooth damage or loss that may require extensive restorative procedures to repair.

Treatment of TMJ Disorders
Nightguards (or biteguards) are sometimes recommended as part of jaw muscle-joint therapy to treat dysfunctional jaw joint movement.

  • During your complete dental examination, Dr. Reardon will evaluate both temporomandibular jaw joints (TMJ) and each tooth surface to observe for signs of distress and address any problems as needed to keep to your teeth and jaw joints healthy and pain-free.

Are you experiencing jaw joint soreness or pain?
Do you grind or clench your teeth during sleep? Donít postpone treatment - Contact Us to learn more about nightguards.

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