Teeth grinding is something patients do that they may not even notice. Also called bruxism, this typically happens at night or subconsciously during times of stress. But if you’re noticing pain in your jaw or extensive wear on your teeth, you may have a problem with teeth grinding.
Dr. Durning Moore treats cases of teeth grinding in his Charlotte, NC dentist office. He’ll evaluate your smile to discern if you’re grinding your teeth and the issues that it may be causing for your oral health. Each patient gets a personalized treatment plan that’s specific to their mouth.
Am I Grinding My Teeth?
You may be able to tell that you’re grinding your teeth in many ways, including your partner being able to hear you grinding them. If you’re exhibiting any of these symptoms, it’s also a good bet that you’re grinding your teeth:
- Jaw pain
- Worn-down teeth
- Tooth sensitivity
- Frequent headaches, especially upon waking up
- Muscle tenderness in the face and jaw
- Broken or chipped teeth
- Loose teeth
- Issues using your jaw
It’s important to talk to your dentist right away if you notice any of these symptoms occurring. Bruxism can also lead to TMJ disorders and more severe consequences on your oral health. The sooner teeth grinding is dealt with, the fewer issues it’ll cause in your mouth.
Is It Bruxism Or More?
Prolonged bruxism is one of the leading causes of TMJ disorders. This is a condition that impacts the function of your jaw joint and can impact your ability to use your jaw properly. If you’re noticing the following symptoms in addition to the above, you may be suffering from a TMJ disorder:
- Popping and clicking of the jaw joint
- Locking up of the jaw
- Muscle spasms
- Severe pain
Once the function of your jaw joint is impacted, a TMJ disorder needs to be considered.
Diagnosis And Treatment
Dr. Moore will do a comprehensive examination to diagnose you. This includes seeing if there’s a bite imbalance that’s causing problems with your jaw joint. From there, Dr. Moore will be able to help you get the best treatment for your specific case.
For mild cases, we’ll start with lifestyle changes. There are exercises and techniques to do that can relax the muscles around your jaw joint and help to eliminate the stress you’re under.
Next, a nightguard will be used. A custom nightguard will be made to specially fit your mouth. It’ll prevent your teeth from coming together while you’re sleeping. It can also help to stop the muscle clenching that happens when you try to clench your jaw. If a TMJ disorder is diagnosed, a guard can be made to realign your jaw so that it’s in proper alignment as well.
If your teeth exhibit a lot of wear and tear from grinding, restorative dentistry options will be looked at. Dental crowns can be used if there’s severe breakage or damage to your teeth. Tooth bonding is a good option to fix issues that are both cosmetic and restorative.
Treat Teeth Grinding Today
Make sure that grinding your teeth doesn’t ruin your smile. Call us or schedule an appointment online to get started with a personalized treatment plan.