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Geoffrey R. Bauman, DMD, MS | TMD/Night Guard Treatment in Newark

Geoffrey R. Bauman, DMD, MS / Board Certified,  American Board of Periodontology
Fellow, Midwest Implant Institute



TMD/Night Guard Treatment

Some patients suffer tooth wear, fracture, or looseness just because they clench or grind their teeth (bruxism) in their sleep at night.   For such patients, a night guard is generally recommended to prevent further damage to the teeth.   The night guard may take one of several forms depending on the particular type of clenching, teeth involved,  remaining teeth, and tooth positions.

Other patients who clench or grind in their sleep have caused additional related problems in the jaw joint (Temporomandibular Joint, or TMJ), muscles surrounding the jaws and neck, and/or the teeth.   This condition used to be called TMJ which is the name of the joint.  However, since this is not actually a condition, the current term is Temporomandibular Dysfunction (TMD). In these cases a more detailed work up is indicated, as well as home care instructions to help the patient with the symptoms and a night guard to help correct the problem.  The type of night guard constructed for TMD is often more complex and more expensive than for simple clenching/bruxism.