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Bruxism Treatment for Teeth Grinding

Bruxism, or teeth grinding, can result in significant jaw pain, persistent headaches, and in severe cases, tooth loss. A custom-made occlusal splint can reduce the effects of bruxism without surgery. 

A Custom Mouth Guard Can Protect Your Smile While You Sleep

  • Protect Your Smile from Permanent Damage: An oral appliance helps to evenly distribute bite force when you grind your teeth and prevent excessive wear on your teeth.
  • State-of-the-Art Materials Promote Your Comfort: Splints are made from smooth, BPA-free plastic material which is custom-made to fit comfortably over your teeth during sleep. 
  • Act Now and Save Money on Future Treatments: Bruxism treatment reduces the risk of tooth loss and the extensive, expensive restorative treatments necessary to replace missing teeth.

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How Does Bruxism Treatment Work?

  • Minor chips or cracks may be repaired with bonding or porcelain veneers
  • More significant damage may require crowns, bridges, or even dentures
  • A custom-designed mouth guard may be worn at night to prevent further damage to the smile 

Both Adults and Children Can Benefit from Bruxism Treatment

10% of adults and 15% of children grind their teeth while sleeping. The American Sleep Association estimates that 10% of adults and 15% of children grind their teeth during sleep.

What about Store-Bought Mouth Guards?

Although store-bought devices may have a lower up-front cost, they require tedious preparation and may not fit as comfortably. Custom mouth guards are made using advanced materials which precisely and comfortably fit your smile, and are therefore aremore effective at reducing the symptoms of bruxism than over-the-counter appliances.

If your appliance is considered medically necessary, it may be partially or fully covered by your insurance. To help cover the difference in costs, many dentists can assist with insurance reimbursement or arrange flexible financing plans.

Here's what to expect during your appointment:

1: During your exam, your dentist will assess the health of your gums and teeth. If he or she identifies signs of excessive wear, you may be a good candidate for bruxism treatment.

2: To create your custom oral appliance, your dentist will begin by gathering digital or putty impressions of your smile. These impressions will be sent to a lab, where your custom mouth guard will be crafted.

3: Your oral appliance will be delivered a few weeks later and your dentist will check the fit and feel before sending you home to begin therapy

4: Additionally, your dentist may recommend whether custom dental crowns are needed to strengthen any teeth previously damaged by teeth grinding.

Unsure whether a mouth guard can help?

You have options. Depending on your unique concerns and the root cause of your teeth grinding, your dentist may also recommend orthodontics, stress therapy, or jaw exercises to further relieve the uncomfortable symptoms of teeth grinding.

Although there is no cure for bruxism, a treatment prescribed by your dentist can help you manage the painful symptoms, get a restful sleep, and improve your quality of life. Contact us to schedule a consultation and get started on your personalized treatment.

Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19 View Update Virtual Consultation

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YOUR TREATMENT PLAN

To Our Family of Patients,

After much thought and concern for the health of our patients and team, I would like to share with you my thoughts on how the Coronavirus outbreak in the United States can best be managed at our practice. The key issue is prevention. Social distancing is the best solution at this time to prevent the spread of the virus.

Therefore, in conjunction with the South Carolina Dental Association recommendations, I have decided to close our normal practice operation with the exception of emergency and urgent care situations, through the end of March, 2020. I will be available for you and your family for emergency and urgent needs. Please call my personal cell phone if you have any questions or if you need an office visit. I am here for you.

After we have weathered this storm, we will be here to see that you continue to have the excellent care that you and your families deserve. We thank you for the trust that you place in our practice. We look forward to a long and healthy relationship in the future.

My cell phone number: 843-224-0517

To Your Good Oral and Systemic Health!

- Dr. John F. Rink, DDS, AAACD

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