Millions of people are affected by bruxism, which is a condition in which you clench or grind teeth. Most people grind their teeth at night and as a result, may not realize that they have a problem. Instead, they may notice that they have headaches, sore jaws, or worn teeth.
Common signs of bruxism include:
- Worn teeth
- Dull or abraded tooth enamel
- Tooth Sensitivity
- A broken filling and/or dental crown
- Headaches, especially in the morning
- Jaw pain or soreness
How to Stop Tooth Grinding
There is no definitive treatment for bruxism. At Bayside Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry, your therapy will depend on your condition. Dr. Moses may recommend an oral appliance, similar to a mouthguard, that is worn during sleep to protect the teeth from grinding and clenching.
Occlusal Splint / Night Guard:
An occlusal splint is a removable appliance best suited for patients with a balanced bite and healthy TMJ. The teeth grinding mouth guard is worn at night to protect teeth from grinding and clenching.
If your teeth are not in proper alignment, Dr. Moses may suggest orthodontic treatment to reposition teeth and allow them to fit harmoniously, thus preventing 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 we’ve successfully helped you stop tooth grinding, the next step is often to repair worn or broken teeth. Dr. Moses offers restorative dentistry procedures to bring teeth back to optimal health and esthetics. Restorative dental treatments include dental crowns, porcelain veneers and/or tooth bonding.