Thomas Family Dentistry

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Teeth Grinding & Night Guards

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If you are considering our Hermitage dental office for your family's dental care, we want you to feel confident and informed.

Choosing a dentist is a big decision, and having questions is completely natural.

Here are some of the most common questions we hear from patients. Please feel free to read them below. If you do not see yours listed, just give us a call or email us from our Contact Us Page.

Teeth Grinding & Night Guards

If you're currently experiencing dental pain and have a waiting period until your next appointment, try this over the counter combination for relief- this cocktail has taken the place of opiods with great success and we're confident it will for you, too!

Alternate Every 3 Hours:

500-1,000mg Acetaminophen (extra strength Tylenol)

400mg Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin)      

***Do not exceed limit of 6 Acetaminophen in 24 hours (3,000mg max)***


Researchers say this combination cocktail works better than prescribed opioids and are less likely to cause side effects. At Thomas Family Dentistry, we believe prescribed pain killers should be a last resort, and now with this OTC combination, we can reduce the frequency of opioid prescriptions without leaving our patients in pain!

Give this OTC cocktail combo a try, and we are confident that it will relieve your dental pain. 

Daily Max limit for ibuprofen- 3,200 mg per day

Daily max limit for acetaminophen- 3,000 mg per day

Many patients suffer from Temperomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorder. This can be defined as inflammation of the TMJ. 

Common symptoms of TMJ Disorder:

  • Waking up with headaches
  • Waking up with an achey jaw
  • Tooth wear
  • Jaw tightness
  • Swelling in the jaw

These symptoms are most commonly caused from clenching or grinding of the teeth, which many patients do subconsciously at night time or some throughout the day!

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, ask about an occlusal guard (night guard). This is an appliance that looks very similar to a retainer that you wear over night to give the TMJ relief. The guard separates the top teeth from the bottom so that the appliance takes the stress of clenching/grinding rather than the joint, reducing the inflammation.

Making a night guard is quick and simple. Come in for quick impressions, and we will make the night guard right here in our own office! At Thomas Family Dentistry, we can make your very own custom made occlusal night guard for $150.

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