For most people, teeth grinding, occurs while they are sleeping. For this reason, many do not even realize they have the problem. However, they may suffer headaches, worn teeth or sore jaws and wonder why. A dental professional can diagnose and treat bruxism, or teeth grinding.
Identifying Signs of Teeth Grinding
Dentists are trained to diagnose and treat teeth grinding. The most prevalent symptoms include things like:
- Teeth that are worn, chipped or flat
- Abraded, or damaged tooth enamel
- Teeth that become more sensitive
- Pain and tightness in the jaws and jaw muscles
- Facial pain
- Sores and cuts inside the cheek(s)
What kind of treatment is available for teeth grinding?
Bruxism, or teeth grinding, if left untreated, can cause significant damage to the teeth and cause painful symptoms. Stress is one of the most common causes for grinding teeth and there may be some relaxation strategies and lifestyle changes that can help reduce teeth grinding. There are also some professional treatment options for treating the condition.
- Bite Guards can be worn to alleviate teeth grinding. These are customized, removableappliances that fit over the teeth and stop grinding. Most of the time, they are worn at night but many find them useful for preventing teeth grinding in stressful situations as well.
- Bite alignment therapy can be used to help correct some causes of teeth grinding. Improper alignment of teeth can be a contributing factor. Alignment therapies may include invisible braces, veneers, implants or dental crowns.
- Cosmetic dentistry treatments may be used to correct the damage caused by excessive teeth grinding. Dental Crowns, cosmetic bonding or porcelain veneers can help repair the damage caused by teeth grinding.
The dentist can assess the condition of a patient’s teeth as well as determine the cause of teeth grinding and develop a treatment process to prevent damage to the teeth.