Do you grind your teeth in your sleep? Do you have TMJ –- temporomandibular joint syndrome?

See Dr. Marti Cherry, a Charlotte dentist who can provide you with a customized night guard that will relieve your pain and help preserve your teeth.

Dr. Cherry is experienced at treating bruxism (grinding or clenching teeth) and TMJ (which can injure teeth, hurt the jaw and cause headaches.)

At his dental practice, Dr. Cherry can provide customized night guards to eliminate or sharply reduce the pain and help patients get a more restful sleep.

While night guards can be bought online or over-the-counter, only a dentist such as Dr. Cherry can create a customized night guard. It is much more effective!

Dr. Cherry, a dentist for 15 years, treats people from Charlotte, South Charlotte, Pineville, Steel Creek, Myers Park, Whitehall, Ayrsley and other communities. His office is located at 2620 West Arrowood Road, Suite 100, Charlotte.

Dr. Cherry treats bruxism, TMJ in Charlotte

Both bruxism and TMK take a toll on a person’s mouth.

In bruxism, constant grinding can damage enamel, dentin, teeth, bridgework and implants; cause facial pain and headaches, and lead to TMJ.

TMJ can cause pain in your jaw and in the muscles that control jaw movement.

However, a custom-made night guard will reduce the amount of force placed on the teeth and jaw. This is much more effective than a store-bought night guard, which may reduce jaw clenching and teeth grinding, but will not lessen the force.

Dr. Cherry will design an individualized night guard to accomplish both goals.

Charlotte dentist treats families

Bruxism afflicts 8 percent to 31 percent of the population, according to various reports. Don’t ignore bruxism. It can lead to root canals because it damages teeth severely.

TMJ and muscle disorder cause chronic pain for 5 percent to 12 percent of people, according to the National Institutes for Health.

Both conditions affect children as well as adults.

A night guard, like an athlete’s mouthpiece, sits over the teeth to protect them from grinding or clenching. It cushions the teeth from excessive contact and helps to recreate the proper space between lower and upper teeth.

Left untreated, bruxism can develop into TMJ, which causes pain in and around the mouth, difficulty chewing, a clicking sound when you close or open your mouth.

A properly fitted oral night guard will push the teeth and jaw into a healthier alignment, ultimately reducing or eliminating headaches, tension and other pain. This will provide better sleep and protect the teeth from excessive pressure.

 About Dr. Marti Cherry

Dr. Cherry and his friendly, knowledgeable staff provide consistent, compassionate care to patients of all ages. Treating TMJ and bruxism are part of his practice.

Dr. Cherry, a North Carolina native, graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry and completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency program.

For an appointment, please call 704-831-6349 or