​​Angela Hilton-Foley, DMD

(813) 891-1212

Cosmetic & Family Dentistry

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Mouthguards and TMJ Appliances


Mouthguard or TMJ Splints can be custom made to protect your teeth, joints and muscles if you grind or clench your teeth.  Since the jaw muscles can be one of the strongest muscles in the body, occlusal wear can be severe if not treated.  The bite guard is worn at night when most unconscious grinding and subsequent damage to the teeth occurs.  People who find they grind their teeth during the day, may also wear their guard during the day.  If one knows that they are grinding during the day, an "open in the front mouthguard", appropriately named a Day Guard, can be made as an alternative. The example here is called a Hard/Soft nightguard.  It has a soft liner inside the mouthguard, which is very comfortable.  These come in clear, blue, pink, green, and red.





NTI Appliance:   Breakthrough Treatment for Bruxism, Migraines, and TMJ


Bruxism: an unconscious grinding and clenching of the teeth, can cause migraines, damage your teeth, and contribute to temporomandibular joint dysfunction.  The primary cause of bruxism is stress and tension, but grinding can become a habit, which is hard to break.  The NTI-tss appliance, as shown in the photo, keeps the back teeth from touching, which allows the joints to relax, the muscles to stop firing and creating tension, and helps to deprogram the grinding, stress cycle.  NTI appliances have been proven to be effective for the treatment of migraines, and is often covered by insurance.  Ask us about how we can help you get some relief. To schedule an appointment with our office, call 813-891-1212.




Sport Mouthguards / Athletic Mouthguards
Protection of the front teeth is critical when playing contact sports, such as soccer, football, hockey, wrestling, and even baseball.  We can make custom made mouthguards in lots of different colors for the athlete in the family.  All it takes is a simple impression.  The Athletic mouthguard shown is called a Play Safe Mouthguard by Glidewell Labs.