Do you often find yourself clenching or grinding your teeth?
Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, occurs when the biting surfaces of the teeth come together. The repeated pressure and trauma to your teeth can cause tooth wear, breakage, and tooth sensitivity. Repeated trauma to your teeth can affect their health, function, and appearance. Dr. Brad Gorsky can asses your teeth and determine if you have experienced tooth grinding. His goal is to prevent further teeth grinding and correct any damage to that your teeth and jaw have suffered. You can schedule an appointment in Dr. Gorsky’s dental office by requesting a consultation online.
What Causes Bruxism?
If you frequently clench or grind your teeth, it can cause tooth damage, and lead to pain or discomfort in the face, neck, and jaw. Before any treatment is recommended, it is important to understand the underlying cause of tooth grinding. Some potential causes of tooth grinding might include crooked or misaligned teeth, missing teeth, stress, anxiety, a misaligned bite, and certain types of medication.
Symptoms of Teeth Grinding
Teeth grinding typically occurs unconsciously during sleep, which is why many patients don’t realize they have bruxism until they visit their dentist. Symptoms of teeth grinding may include:
- Worn or damaged teeth
- Orofacial pain
- Chronic headaches
- Jaw pain
In advanced cases, teeth grinding can lead to temporomandibular joint disorder. When left untreated, TMJ can compromise the function and balance of your bite and lead cause uncomfortable symptoms. Dr. Gorsky and his team will work to find a solution to help restore health to your smile.
Teeth Grinding Treatments
For patients dealing with signs of teeth grinding, Dr. Gorsky can examine the teeth and jaw for any signs of dysfunction. He works with patients to alleviate their symptoms and repair damage to their teeth and jaw. Treatment options depend on the unique needs of the patients as well as the underlying cause of tooth grinding. After a dental examination, Dr. Gorsky may recommend one or more of the following treatments for teeth grinding:
- Dental splint therapy
- Dental crowns
- Dental bonding
- Custom mouthguard