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TigerTown Family Dentistry
Stephanie Simmons, DMD
2520 Interstate Drive
Opelika, AL 36801
Auburn • Opelika


dental nightguardsProtecting your Teeth
Nightguards (also called bite splints) are dental appliances made of hard plastic that are worn over the teeth to protect them from damage due to clenching or grinding - a condition known as Bruxism.

Bruxism is commonly associated with stress, but can be related to sleep breathing disorders, poor bite or jaw joint dysfunction (TMJ/TMD). Because it usually occurs during sleep, bruxism can go unnoticed for years.

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

Extensive grinding can cause severe wear of tooth enamel, making the teeth appear shorter and flattened. Left untreated, bruxism can eventually result in serious damage to the teeth that may require extensive restorative procedures to repair.

TMJ/TMD Therapy
Nightguards are often recommended as part of treatment of dysfunctional jaw joint movement, or TMJ/TMD.

Temporomandibular Joints (TMJ), or "jaw joints," are the hinged joints on either side of the jaw that are responsible for opening and closing the mouth.

Some patients suffer from a condition known as "Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction" (TMD) in which one or both joints do not move in a smooth, fluid manner.

In some cases, a therapeutic approach using a nightguard to protect the jaw joints from further trauma from bruxism or clenching can help manage symptoms. The long-term effects of TMJ disorders can lead to serious dental problems and pain management issues if not addressed.

As part of your complete dental examination, your dentist will evaluate both 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.

Do you grind and clench your teeth? Please Contact Us and find out if you might be a candidate for a nightguard.

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