Bite Splints Overview
Teeth grinding at night, also known as bruxism, is a common problem that affects many people. While the most obvious sign of damage is wear on the surface of the teeth, nocturnal bruxism can also cause headaches, tooth pain, inflammation, as well as discomfort in your jaw and neck. To protect your mouth against these effects of teeth grinding, Manhattan general and cosmetic dentist Dr. Natalie Scarmato offers custom bite splints (also known as night guards) that can protect your mouth while you sleep. Custom bite splints are made from high-quality materials to fit comfortably and help improve the quality of your sleep by reducing teeth grinding and jaw clenching. If you would like to learn more about custom bite splints at Natalie Scarmato, D.D.S., schedule an appointment at our New York, NY office in Greenwich Village.
Best Candidates for Bite Splints
There are many signs that you may be grinding your teeth and/or clenching your jaw at night. You may wake up with a headache, tightness or pain in your jaw, and swelling in your lower face. Other signs include loose teeth or fillings, worn down enamel on the top of your back teeth, tooth sensitivity, and a receding gumline. Teeth grinding and clenching at night are typically caused by stress, but it may also be the result of allergies, misaligned teeth, a sleep disorder, or temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). When Dr. Scarmato is diagnosing your bruxism, she will also try to determine the cause so your bite splint may be combined with another treatment for more effective results.
What to Expect with Bite Splints
After Dr. Scarmato diagnoses your bruxism, she will take impressions and digital x-rays of your mouth so your custom bite splint can be created. Our office will send your information to a dental laboratory where your bite splint will be crafted out of high-quality materials. When your bite splint is sent back to our office, you will come in to have it fitted. Dr. Scarmato may make minor adjustments so your bite splint fits comfortably. She will also give you instructions on how to care for your bite splint so it lasts a long time.
Bite Splints Follow-Up
For your bite splint to be effective, you need to wear it every night. Your bite splint should minimize or eliminate the pain and dental problems caused by bruxism, but if not, please contact our office so Dr. Scarmato can look for other issues or try other treatments. To help keep your mouth and bite splint healthy, you should properly clean your teeth and appliance before and after each use. Your bite splint should be brought in to all future appointments so Dr. Scarmato can make adjustments or repairs as needed.
Bite Splints Insurance Coverage
If you have been diagnosed with nocturnal bruxism or jaw clenching, part of the cost of your bite splint may be covered by your dental insurance. If you have dental insurance, our office can contact your insurance carrier to confirm your benefits and coverage. During your consultation, Dr. Scarmato can discuss cost estimates, with or without dental insurance, and payment methods. To make your treatment more affordable, Natalie Scarmato, D.D.S. can help you apply for medical financing.
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Custom Night Guards
Teeth grinding can cause discomfort and pain in a variety of ways. Bite splints are a great option to diminish the sleepless nights caused by the unpleasant side effects of nocturnal bruxism and jaw clenching. Custom bite splints from Natalie Scarmato, D.D.S. can also improve the overall health of your mouth and prevent future issues. If you think that this might be the remedy for you or you would like to learn more, contact our office in Greenwich Village near Washington Square Park to book a consultation with Dr. Scarmato.