Teeth grinding. also known as bruxism, is a common dental concern and often the symptom of a more complex problem such as a TMJ disorder. Unfortunately, many patients do not realize they are grinding their teeth (or clenching their jaw) until they come in for a visit with Dr. Levey or begin to experience painful symptoms and tooth damage.
Dr. Levey looks for the signs of teeth grinding during your routine dental care. These can include worn and damaged teeth or irritation of the soft tissues inside the mouth. Teeth grinding can cause teeth to crack, chip or loosen as they are repeatedly stressed. Over time, teeth grinding can even lead to tooth loss.
Treatment For Teeth Grinding
Dr. Levey can help you to stop tooth grinding and restore your dental health through analysis and effective treatment provided on an individualized basis. Using TekScan, Dr. Levey can digitally analyze the biting forces on each individual tooth to determine possible imbalances that should be addressed with appropriate treatment.
Treatment options can include:
- Mouthguard or night guard: for many patients, conservative treatment with a custom mouthguard can prevent teeth grinding by positioning the jaw correctly. This appliance can also be worn when feeling stressed, as this is a common trigger for jaw clenching and teeth grinding.
- Restorative dentistry: if the teeth are not making proper contact when biting, Dr. Levey may need to use a restorative dental procedure to adjust the surfaces or repair damage.
- Orthodontics: Dr. Levey is an Invisalign and Clear Correct provider and may recommend treatment with orthodontics to address crooked teeth and align the bite.