The symptoms of teeth grinding can include jaw pain, headaches, worn-down teeth, chipped or cracked teeth, and sensitive teeth.
Teeth Grinding Treatment
Dental Choice can help with teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, by offering various treatment options to alleviate the symptoms and protect the teeth. One of the most common treatments is a custom-made night guard, which is a removable dental appliance that fits over the teeth and helps to distribute the forces of grinding and clenching.
Additionally, Dental Choice may recommend stress management techniques, relaxation exercises, and changes to the patient’s diet and lifestyle to help reduce the frequency and severity of bruxism.
With the right treatment plan, Dental Choice can help patients overcome the discomfort and potential damage caused by teeth grinding.
What are the
Common Causes of Teeth Grinding?
There are many factors that can lead to teeth grinding, or bruxism, a few of the most common causes are :
- Stress and anxiety – When a person is stressed or anxious, they may clench their jaw muscles, which can lead to grinding of the teeth.
- Abnormal bite or misaligned teeth – which can put excessive pressure on certain teeth and cause them to grind against each other.
- Sleep disorders – disorders such as sleep apnea or snoring can cause bruxism as the body tries to compensate for the lack of oxygen by clenching and grinding the teeth.
- Certain medications or drugs – medications such as antidepressants and caffeine, can also contribute to teeth grinding.
It’s important to identify the cause of bruxism in order to develop an effective treatment plan and prevent further damage to the teeth.
Best ways to
Reduce Teeth Grinding
Fortunately, there are many treatment options available for teeth grinding. Some of the most common treatment options to help reduce teeth grinding include:
- Custom-made night guards – These are removable dental appliances that fit over the teeth and protect them from grinding and clenching.
- Lifestyle changes – Reducing stress and anxiety through techniques such as exercise, meditation, and relaxation can help alleviate teeth grinding.
- Dental work – Correcting an abnormal bite or misaligned teeth can reduce the pressure on the teeth and prevent grinding.
- Surgery – In severe cases, surgery may be recommended to reshape the jaw or adjust the positioning of the teeth to reduce grinding.
It’s important to consult with your dentist to determine the best treatment for teeth grinding, as they can help identify the underlying cause and develop a personalized treatment plan to alleviate the symptoms and prevent further damage to your teeth.
Frequently Asked Questions About Teeth Grinding
What are the symptoms of teeth grinding?
Is teeth grinding harmful?
While bruxism is not considered dangerous, habitual teeth grinding can significantly damage teeth. As you grind your teeth together, they may fracture, loosen or wear away down to a stump. As the enamel wears down, you may be more prone to sensitivity when consuming hot or cold food and drink. In some cases, you might need dental bridges, dental crowns, dental implants or dentures to prevent further harm. Bruxism can also have lasting effects on the jaw and bite. Your grinding might case or worsen TMD – a condition that causes significant jaw pain and compromised jaw movement – and may even affect your face’s appearance.
How is teeth grinding diagnosed?
Your dentist can diagnose teeth grinding by examining your teeth for signs of wear and asking about your symptoms and medical history.
Can teeth grinding be prevented?
While it may not be possible to completely prevent teeth grinding, reducing stress, avoiding caffeine and alcohol, and practicing good sleep hygiene can help reduce the frequency and severity of bruxism.
How long does it take to treat teeth grinding?
The length of treatment for teeth grinding depends on the severity of the condition and the chosen treatment plan. Some people may see improvement in symptoms within a few weeks, while others may require longer-term treatment.
Should I see a dentist if I think I have bruxism?
Yes, if you think you may be grinding your teeth, it’s important to see a dentist for an evaluation and to discuss treatment options to prevent further damage to your teeth.
Schedule Your Consultation for Teeth Grinding Today!
If you’re experiencing symptoms of teeth grinding and are looking for treatment options, consider scheduling a consultation with Dental Choice to discuss personalized treatment options and protect your teeth from further damage.