Is Holiday Stress Affecting Your Smile?

Holiday stress can lead to increased teeth grinding and jaw pain for many who have an underlying temporomandibular disorder (TMD). Over time, this can lead to tooth damage, jaw joint damage, and a wide range of symptoms that cause discomfort. As a Dawson-trained dentist with years of experience treating TMJ disorders, Dr. Gorsky can help you find a solution that will address your symptoms and improve your dental health. Enjoy your holidays this year with a smile that is healthy and comfortable.

It all starts with a visit to our Midtown, NY dentist office or our dentist office location in Larchmont. Dr. Gorsky is highly trained in the diagnosis and treatment of complex bite problems that are often associated with teeth grinding. He works with patients on an individual basis to evaluate their oral health and the condition of their jaw joints. TMJ treatment is always patient-focused and can range from the use of a mouthguard to restorative procedures for addressing imbalances in the bite or damage. The goal is to create a natural, relaxed bite where the teeth can make contact without putting stress on jaw joints. Pain, discomfort, and tension in the jaw can be relieved with proper treatment that addresses the underlying cause and is designed to re-establish a healthy bite.

Why Do I Grind My Teeth?

Teeth grinding can occur subconsciously during sleep or when feeling stressed. It can be accompanied by jaw clenching, which also puts undue pressure on the teeth and oral structures. For patients with an imbalance in their bite due to crooked teeth or structural abnormalities, teeth grinding can also occur because the bite feels uneven.

Studies have also shown that sleep disorders are often associated with teeth grinding, especially during sleep. Patients who snore or have been diagnosed with sleep apnea should be checked for the telltale signs of teeth grinding to support their treatment and improve both oral health and overall health and wellness.

What are the signs of teeth grinding?

Common signs of teeth grinding can include:

  • Worn or flat looking teeth
  • Frequent temple headaches
  • Ear pain
  • Jaw or neck pain
  • Chipped or cracked teeth

If you have noticed any of these common signs or know that you grind your teeth or clench the jaw when stressed or sleeping, schedule a visit with Dr. Gorsky. Treatment will resolve your symptoms and improve your dental health. Contact one of our dentist office locations to schedule an appointment and find the solution to your jaw pain.