Why might a patient consider nightguards for their smiles?

At Family Dental Center of Manteca, California, we are dedicated to ensuring patients have access to solutions for a myriad of conditions that can impact their smiles. That includes obstructive sleep apnea, temporomandibular joint disorder, and bruxism (clenching and grinding). With a proper evaluation and definitive diagnosis, patients can discuss with Drs. Mircea Mitu and George D’Louhy their needs. For many of our patients, the above conditions can be effectively treated with mouthguards or nightguards.

What are nightguards, and how do they help with dental problems?

Nightguards are custom mouthguards that are made for patients for several different reasons. They are made for patients to wear when sleeping to address obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ/TMD), snoring, or teeth grinding caused by bruxism. When patients are advised by their dentist that they could benefit from wearing a custom nightguard, they will see a dramatic difference in their conditions when using these treatment alternatives.

Why might I consider a nightguard for my teeth?

There are a few reasons why you might consider getting a nightguard for your teeth. If you suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding), then a nightguard can help protect your teeth from the damage caused by grinding. Nightguards can also help reduce TMJ pain and discomfort and make it easier to wear braces or other dental appliances. With a thorough evaluation with the team of the Family Dental Center, patients can talk openly with their provider to decide if they are a proper fit for mouthguards, nightguards, or other dental services available to patients at our practice.

Learn more about nightguards and other appliances for the smile

If you think you might benefit from wearing a nightguard, talk to Drs. Mircea Mitu and George D’Louhy about whether or not they are suitable for you. They will advise you on the best type of nightguard to suit your needs and solve the problems you are attempting to address. Call the Family Dental Center in Manteca, CA at (209) 420-1205 to request an appointment at 521 East Center Street.

Dr. Mircea Mitu

Mircea Mitu DDS, FICOI

Dr. Mircea Mitu has almost three decades of dental experience, including nine years of associateship and managing clinical practices in the East Bay Area and several years of practice and academic positions in prosthodontics. Before setting up his practice, he completed hundreds of hours in postgraduate dentistry. He has attended prestigious organizations like the UCLA Center for Aesthetic Program and Misch International Implant Institute.

Dr. Mitu is a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, and San Joaquin County Dental Association and is a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.