Teeth grinding can be a serious problem that leads to worn teeth, chipped teeth and in severe cases, broken teeth. Teeth grinding can also contribute to headaches, facial pain and neck pain.
Our dental care team has advanced training and experience to treat patients suffering from bruxism, the name for the condition when people grind or clench their teeth.
Signs & Symptoms of Bruxism
- Worn teeth, often with small chips, flat spots or jagged edges
- Worn tooth enamel, often looks dull or discolored
- Sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks
- Broken fillings and/or crowns
- Frequent headaches
- Jaw pain or soreness
Treatment for Tooth Grinding
There is no one-size-fits-all solution for bruxism. Your dentist will design a treatment plan based on your specific condition and symptoms. Treatment may include one of more of the following:
Teeth Grinding Mouth Guard
A teeth grinding mouth guard is similar to a sports mouth guard. This removable device covers the teeth while you sleep to minimize the effects of grinding and clenching.
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.
Once the bruxism has been successfully managed, the next step is often to repair worn or broken teeth. Dr. Brown and Dr. Newberry offer restorative dentistry procedures to bring teeth back to optimal health and esthetics. Restorative dental treatments include dental crowns, porcelain veneers, and/or cosmetic bonding.