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.
At Lanier Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, our dentists have many years of experience treating teeth grinding and other common dental concerns. Our dental office offers comfortable, friendly, and comprehensive dental care for a lifetime of beautiful smiles.
Signs & Symptoms of Bruxism
- Frequent headaches
- 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
- Jaw pain or soreness
Treatment for Teeth Grinding in Buford, GA
There is no one-size-fits-all solution for bruxism. Your dentist will design a treatment plan based on your specific condition and symptoms. Teeth grinding treatment may include one or more of the following:
Teeth Grinding Mouthguard or night guard: A teeth-grinding mouthguard is similar to a sports mouthguard but designed to be worn at night while you sleep. This removable device covers your teeth while you sleep to minimize the effects of grinding and clenching.
Orthodontics: If alignment issues are contributing to your bruxism condition, your dentist may suggest treatment like Invisalign or Six-month Smiles to straighten teeth and create a harmonious, balanced bite.
Bite Equilibration: Bite equilibration, or bite correction therapy, involves our dentist making minor gentile adjustments to your teeth. The procedure will allow your teeth to fit together properly, eliminating stress and pressure on your jaw. Treatments are spread out through multiple visits.
Restorative Dentistry: Once your bruxism problem has been successfully managed, the next step is to repair worn and broken teeth. Severe teeth grinding leaves your mouth with worn-down teeth that are highly susceptible to cavities, infection, and even tooth loss.
Dr. Brown and Dr. Newberry offer restorative dentistry procedures to bring teeth back to optimal health and beauty. Restorative dental treatments include dental crowns, porcelain veneers, and cosmetic tooth bonding.
Teeth Grinding FAQs
What damage can grinding teeth cause?
Teeth grinding can cause a variety of issues for patients. These may include fractures to teeth, TMJ disorder, clicking in the jaw, trouble chewing, and restricted jaw movement.
How do I stop grinding my teeth subconsciously?
Many patients grind their teeth without even knowing it. If you notice that you are grinding your teeth during the day, a good way to stop is to put your tongue between your teeth. This relaxes any tension in your jaw muscles. If you think you are grinding your teeth at night, visiting your dentist and exploring night guard options is a good way to ensure no further damage occurs.
What does teeth grinding sound like?
Many patients who grind their teeth find themselves hearing a squeaky or clenching noise. Many patients are not aware that they grind their teeth. They may figure it out due to the noise that is produced waking them, or their partner up at night.
Do you have headaches and earaches from teeth grinding? You may be suffering from TMD or a TMJ disorder.
Our doctors have extensive experience in treating patients who have TMJ disorders. We offer a range of TMJ treatment options depending on the severity of the disorder. They will take the time to perform a thorough exam and understand your concerns, and overall dental health.
Typically, we suggest a custom nightguard to alleviate symptoms. This custom-fit night guard will alleviate the stress that is put on the entire occlusal system from teeth grinding and protects your teeth from being damaged.
If you have been suffering from any of the above-mentioned symptoms, contact Lanier Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Buford and begin to restore your oral and overall health. Give us a call to schedule an appointment at (678) 359-4707, or request one online today.