Have you noticed that your teeth are worn or chipped? Do you wake up with pain in the jaw or face? If so, you could be grinding your teeth while you sleep without even realizing it. Plano, TX dentist Dr. Jacob Grapevine is highly trained and experienced to treat teeth grinding and repair damaged teeth.
What is Bruxism?
Bruxism, or teeth grinding, affects millions of people, a condition in which you clench or grind teeth. A mild case of teeth grinding may not require treatment, but chronic, long term teeth grinding can lead to serious problems including jaw disorders requiring TMJ treatment, headaches and damaged teeth.
Signs & Symptoms of Bruxism
Dr. Jacob Grapevine is a highly trained restorative dentist serving the greater Dallas area. Often times, Dr. Grapevine can diagnose teeth grinding through a simple visual examination. There are common, tell-tale signs of teeth grinding:
- Worn, flattened, fractured or chipped teeth
- Worn tooth enamel
- Tooth sensitivity
- Jaw pain or tightness in the jaw muscles
- Facial pain
- Damaged tissue on the inside of your cheek
Teeth Grinding Causes
Stress is the most common cause of teeth grinding. Patients who have stress induced teeth grinding may benefit from biofeedback, yoga, anxiety medication, or other methods of stress relief. Other teeth grinding causes may include:
- Malocclusion (improper alignment of teeth)
- Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD)
- Parkinson's Disease, Huntington's Disease
- Anxiety, anger, or tension
Treatment For Teeth Grinding
When bruxism is identified as a problem either by the patient or dentist, Dr. Grapevine will use state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment to determine the underlying cause for concern to create a customized treatment plan.
There are a number of treatment options for people affected by bruxism:
Teeth Grinding Mouth Guard
A mouth guard for teeth grinding is one of the most common teeth grinding treatments. A teeth grinding mouth guard is a customized, removable appliances made to fit over your teeth and prevent teeth grinding. Mouth guards are typically worn at night, though some patients do benefit from wearing mouth guards during the day particularly in high stress situations such as while driving.
Bite Alignment Therapy
Dr. Grapevine offers a broad range of services to correct the causes of teeth grinding. Malocclusion, or improper alignment of the teeth, is one cause for teeth grinding. The alignment of teeth can be corrected using invisible braces such as Invisalign or Smart Moves. Dr. Grapevine may also use dental crowns, dental veneers or dental implants.
Cosmetic Dentistry to Repair Damage
Once the source of the problem is corrected and the patient is prevented from grinding their teeth, the next focus is on repairing damage caused by teeth grinding. Chronic teeth grinding typically leaves teeth worn, chipped or broken. This damage can be repaired using dental crowns, porcelain veneers or cosmetic bonding.
Teeth Grinding Patient Testmonial
"Some of my teeth were also starting to show signs of excessive wear due to the increased unconscious clenching and grinding. It was not until Dr. Grapevine examined how I closed my mouth that we realized everything was out of alignment. Dr. Grapevine suggested treating my problems with Invisalign. I also wear an upper and lower retainer while sleeping, and these help to force my jaw to relax and prevent any grinding. I’m very thankful for Dr. Grapevine and his staff. My treatment went as smooth as possible, and I know I will be enjoying the fantastic results for a long, long time."
- Catherine R.