Millions of people are affected by bruxism, or teeth grinding. Occasional teeth grinding may not require treatment, but chronic teeth grinding can lead to serious jaw disorders, headaches, damaged teeth and other problems.
Signs & Symptoms of Bruxism
If tooth grinding happens at night, you may not realize you have a problem. The dentist can easily identify signs and symptoms of bruxism through a simple evaluation. Here are some signs and symptoms you can look for:
- Worn, flattened, fractured or chipped teeth
- Worn tooth enamel
- Tooth sensitivity
- Jaw pain or tightness in the jaw muscles
- Facial pain
- Damaged tissue on the inside of your cheek
Treatment for Tooth Grinding
Treatment for tooth grinding varies widely based on the individual diagnosis. The dentist will perform a comprehensive evaluation to determine the cause for tooth grinding and create a personalized treatment plan to take care of your needs.
- Splint Therapy / Night Guard – A dental splint or teeth grinding mouth guard may be the simplest form of treatment. This type of treatment is appropriate for patients whose teeth fit together properly and who have a healthy TMJ. The teeth grinding mouth guard is worn at night to prevent teeth grinding and protect teeth from wear.
- Orthodontics – Dr. Finlay may recommend orthodontic treatment to bring your teeth into the proper position and allow them to fit together harmoniously. We offer invisible braces for discreet treatment.
- Bite Equilibration – Bite equilibration, or bite correction therapy, involves the dentist making minor adjustments to the teeth to allow them to fit together properly, eliminating stress and pressure.
- Restorative Dentistry – For teeth that have been damaged by teeth grinding, Dr. Finlay offers a range of restorative dentistry procedures to bring the teeth back to their proper health and beauty. Dr. Finlay may use dental crowns, porcelain veneers, or cosmetic bonding to restore teeth.
Get Lasting Relief For Teeth Grinding
Like most dental problems, teeth grinding is easiest to treat the earlier it is caught. The long term risks of teeth grinding include tooth loss, gum disease and TMJ related problems. Contact Scott Finlay, DDS & Associates, PA today to schedule a consultation and learn about how to stop your teeth grinding.