Bruxism is a condition in which a person grinds or clenches their teeth. Excessive forces and constant grinding of the teeth can lead to worn teeth, headaches, TMJ disorders and contribute to tooth cavities and gum disease.
Like most dental problems, there is no one-size-fits-all approach for teeth grinding. Annapolis dentist John Cutting, DMD of Edgewater Dental Arts will perform a comprehensive evaluation to determine the cause of tooth grinding and create a personalized treatment plan to take care of your needs.
Signs & Symptoms of Bruxism
Because most people grind their teeth while they sleep, they often don’t realize they have a problem. Dr. Cutting will examine for the common signs of teeth grinding which include:
- Worn teeth, small chips and flat surfaces
- Worn or dull tooth enamel
- Sensitive teeth
- Jaw pain or tightness in the jaw muscles
- Headache and/or facial pain
Treatment for Tooth Grinding
Depending on your condition, Dr. Cutting may recommend one or several treatment options for teeth grinding:
- A teeth grinding mouth guard is a removable appliance worn at night to protect teeth from grinding and clenching.
- Dr. Cutting also offers Invisalign® or other orthodontic treatment to bring teeth back to proper alignment and prevent grinding and clenching.
- Another options is bite equilibration which involves the dentist making minor adjustments to the teeth to allow them to fit together properly, eliminating stress and pressure.
- For teeth that are damaged because of teeth grinding, Dr. Cutting can apply cosmetic or restorative dentistry to bring the teeth back to optimal aesthetics.