Bruxism Can Lead to Damaged Teeth
Excessive teeth grinding (bruxism) can cause severe damage to your teeth and can lead to chronic headaches and pain in the jaw joints. Bruxism can occur at any age and to anyone, and the condition is often hereditary. If left untreated, this condition can lead to fractured teeth and tooth loss; complications that may require a patient to invest in other measures to restore health back to their smile. Many times, teeth grinding can be treated with a simple mouth guard, but more severe cases may need more involved treatment to adjust the surface of the teeth or to treat disturbances in the temporomandibular joints (TMJ). We see patients with mild to severe bruxism and are experienced in treating a wide range of complex cases.
Symptoms of Bruxism
- Jaw pain or soreness
- Chronic tension headaches
- Jaw stiffness
- Worn or chipped teeth
- Sleep disturbance
- Jaw clenching
- Increased tooth sensitivity
Treat Bruxism with Safe, Proven Methods
Treating bruxism is important to maintaining the health of your teeth and gums, and to lower the risk of more severe conditions developing. We offer multiple treatment options for bruxism, based on the severity of your condition, the state of your teeth, and the reason for your teeth grinding. During your appointment, we will assess the damage and recommend the best treatment plan for you.
Mouth GuardsThese teeth protectors are custom made to fit your bite and are worn while you sleep to prevent your teeth from touching.
Occlusal SplintsOcclusal splints are worn at night and are designed to keep the teeth from touching so they cannot grind together or be clenched.
Occlusal AdjustmentAimed to create a harmonious bite, occlusal adjustments alter the surface of problem teeth to correct misalignment so teeth rest comfortably together.
Unique Treatment that Fits Your Needs
We see many patients suffering from bruxism, and aim to help relieve their headaches and jaw pain with our effective treatments. Each patient is unique, however, and requires customized treatment planning to ensure the best results. For patients who have more severely worn or damaged teeth, we offer dental crowns and bridges or dental implants to bring health and function back to their teeth.