Night Guards Overview
Bruxism, or grinding your teeth while you sleep, is an everyday issue that affects many men and women. Even though the most obvious indicator is deterioration of the enamel of the teeth, nocturnal bruxism might also lead to inflammation, headaches, and tooth pain, plus discomfort in your neck and jaw. To guard your mouth against the effects of bruxism, Dr. James Mills provides customized night guards that defend your teeth while you rest. Custom night guards are made with top-quality materials that fit comfortably in your mouth and improve the nature of your sleep by diminishing jaw clenching and teeth grinding. If you would like to learn more about custom night guards at Market Common Dentistry, set up a consultation at our Myrtle Beach, SC dental practice.
"I have the utmost confidence in Dr. MIlls and his staff. He is a very caring person and is able to take care of any needs that might occur and not have to send you to a specialist. Everyone in the office is very friendly and makes you feel welcome and comfortable."- S.M. / Google / Feb 20, 2020
"Market Common Dentistry has my blessing. Dr. Mills has gone over and beyond with working with my dental problems. Everyone in the office has been very kind. If there is ever an emergency they see you as soon as possible."- B.S. / Yelp / Feb 19, 2020
"The Best Dental Office in Horry County! This past Monday I had 4 teeth extracted. I was sedated for the procedure, and did not feel anything. After waking up, I was pain free. Having a phobia and panic attacks at previous dental offices. This place was a lifesaver. From the front desk staff, the hygienist and Dr.Mills himself ( so happened we have the same last name, I'm not related in anyway and was the first time we had met- lol) today is Wednesday and I am back to work pain free. Not many dental offices do sedation dentistry in horry county. Thank you again. ☆☆☆☆☆"- G.M. / Google / Feb 13, 2020
"They are the most polite, caring and professional team put in place in one office. If you have a phobia regarding dental offices, this office has solutions. Not many doctors in Horry County perform Sedation DENTISTRY. This is one place that does. You wake up and its over! If your new to the area give them a try."- G.M. / Yelp / Feb 11, 2020
"Dr. Mills and his team are always very helpful, professional and make your dental experience pleasurable."- F.H. / Google / Feb 06, 2020
Best Candidates for Night Guards
A number of symptoms may indicate that you are grinding your teeth and/or clenching your jaw while you sleep. You might wake up in the morning with tightness and pain in your jaw, or a headache, and facial swelling. Other indicators are loosened teeth and/or fillings, chipped enamel on your back teeth, a receding gumline, and tooth sensitivity. Teeth grinding and jaw clenching at night are often caused by stress but could also be brought on by misaligned teeth, allergies, a sleep disorder, or temporomandibular joint disorder (called TMD). As Dr. Mills makes your bruxism diagnosis, he will also try to find out the cause so that your night guard therapy can be coupled with other treatments for the best possible outcome.
What to Expect with Night Guards
After Dr. Mills makes your bruxism diagnosis, he will obtain oral impressions and digital oral x-rays to create your custom night guard. Next, he will send your specifications to a special dental lab where your specialized night guard will be created with the best materials. After your night guard is finished and sent back to our office, you will return to our office for a fitting. Dr. Mills might make small adjustments so that it fits properly and comfortably. He will also give specific instructions on how to properly care for your night guard so it will last many years.
Night Guards Follow-Up
For maximum night guard efficiency, you must wear it each night. Your night guard should diminish or alleviate the discomfort and dental complications created by bruxism, but if it does not, please inform our staff so Dr. Mills can address additional issues and try other options. In order to help keep your mouth and night guard in pristine condition, we recommend that you clean and care for both your mouth and night guard prior to and after each use. We ask that you bring your night guard to all future dental appointments so Dr. Mills can adjust and repair the guard as necessary.
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Custom Night Guards
Grinding your teeth can lead to pain and discomfort in a variety of ways. Night guards are a way to lessen the stress created by the unpleasant side effects of jaw clenching and teeth grinding. Specialized night guards from Market Common Dentistry might also advance your overall oral health and ward off future complications. If you think night guards may be the solution you seek or you want to learn more, connect with our staff in Myrtle Beach, SC to set up an appointment with Dr. Mills.