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  • "Northport Family Dental provides a very welcoming and professional staff with state of the art technology at their fingertips. On my very first visit as a new patient I was made to feel welcome and comfortable in the clean, pleasant and organized waiting area and treatment room."

  • "This was my first visit and I was immediately impressed by the facility and the professionalism of the staff. I was further impressed by the attention to detail, explanations and information given by the Doctor about the available treatments and my options. Dental treatment is not high on my list of things I look forward to but this was a rewarding and relatively painless experience."

  • "My family and I have been going to Northport Dental for the past 20 years and we love it. Dr. Rubin is awesome and his staff of hygienists, assistants and administrators are all so nice and caring and professional. Dr. Rubin's office is total state of the art - with all the latest high-tech equipment and comfortable atmosphere. We've recommended this office to many friends who are all very happy."

  • "The staff was terrific...very friendly and welcoming. Everything went like clockwork. I can't think of an experience with a dentist that was as reassuring. Doctor Rubin was really something. He was approachable and easy to converse with. The technology and expertise was something to behold."

Tooth Grinding and Nightguards in Northport, NY

Teeth grinding and clenching, known as bruxism, is a severe condition that can lead to jaw pain, bite alignment issues, tooth wear, and even tooth loss.

Fortunately, your dentist in Northport, NY provides therapy to help prevent these oral health conditions by halting tooth grinding and clenching during sleep.

Remember, force applied over time to your teeth causes damage not only to the tooth structure but also to the nerve that sustains the health of the tooth. The supporting bone and soft tissue may show related changes, too. In advanced cases, signs and symptoms may become apparent in the jaw joint and muscles of the face; a problem commonly referred to as temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ or TMD).

Signs You May Have Bruxism

If you grind and clench your teeth only during sleep, you may not know you have bruxism. For this reason, it is essential to look for the signs:

  • Tooth wear
  • Tooth or restoration chipping or breakage
  • Shifting teeth
  • Receding gums
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Sleep apnea
  • Jaw pain or TMJ dysfunction 

Sleep apnea means breathing cessation multiple times throughout the night. This condition can influence heart health and can even lead to a stroke. Symptoms of sleep apnea include snoring and daytime sleepiness.

TMJ symptoms include clicking jaw, locking jaw and jaw, neck, or face pain.

Treatment Options and Nightguards in Northport, NY

Treatment recommendations are individualized and may include a combined approach, including one or more of the following:

  • Occlusal Guard—A custom-fitted dental appliance that is commonly worn over the teeth at night. It reduces the wear associated with fracture and thermal sensitivity. Some occlusal guards can reduce excessive muscle contracture and jaw soreness. A separate appliance for daytime wear, if indicated, is also available.
  • Custom nightguard—This appliance gently separates your upper and lower jaw during sleep to prevent grinding and clenching.
  • Sleep Appliance—A customized oral appliance to help keep the airway open during sleep.
  • Invisalign—Misaligned teeth can magnify the effects of minor bruxism habits, resulting in significant changes such as premature wear and excessive breakage.
  • Reconstruction—A wide range of restorative options are available. Generally, more severely damaged teeth require a more comprehensive "rebuilding."

Your dentist in Northport will examine your teeth, look for the telltale signs of bruxism, sleep apnea, and TMJ, and provide options to help you restore your oral health and well-being. Therapy may rely on a single solution or a combination of treatments.

At Northport Family Dental, we are here for you.

Contact Our Dental Office for Treatment Options

Our goal is to help you achieve oral health stability and safe sleep. Call us today to schedule a consultation with your dentist in Northport, NY.

Our knowledgeable doctors can help diagnose occlusal disease, making sense out of ongoing dental problems, daytime sleepiness, and pain.

Patient Testimonial:"TMJ" Appliance Effective in Eliminating Jaw Pain

Dr. Rubin fabricated a specific oral appliance to improve this patient's quality of life. After suffering with jaw pain for 15 years, he is pain free and feels that this ... Read More

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