Bruxism, more widely known as teeth grinding, affects millions of people. And because most people grind their teeth at night, many don’t know they have the condition. Dr. Sheen is able to diagnose and recommend treatment options for Bruxism. During routine dental care or your first visit with us, Dr. Sheen looks for common signs of teeth grinding: worn teeth, cracked or chipped teeth, and even receding gums.
Teeth Grinding Causes
Approximately 10-15% of Americans moderately to severely grind their teeth. There are several different reasons people grind their teeth, most commonly:
- Stress or anxiety
- Malocclusion (improper alignment of the teeth)
- Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD)
- Parkinson’s or Huntington’s Disease
Teeth Grinding Symptoms
Because most people grind their teeth in their sleep, you must be aware of the symptoms to know that the condition is taking place. These include:
- 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 Treatment
Dr. Sheen is usually able to diagnose Bruxism through a quick visual examination. He works with patients on an individual basis to diagnose the underlying cause for a lasting result from treatment. Options for treatment depend on the severity and cause of your teeth grinding. A conservative first step is often a mouth-guard to wear during sleep.
Teeth Grinding Mouth-Guard
A teeth grinding mouth-guard is a custom made, removable appliance that fits over your teeth to prevent grinding and jaw clenching. Many choose to wear the guard at night, when they experience the most grinding.
Dr. Sheen may also perform a bite correction procedure to treat teeth grinding. This often includes replacing missing teeth or inserting dental crowns or dental veneers to allow the teeth to make proper contact with one another.
Teeth grinding is not something you should have to live with. Annapolis based dentist Dr. Sheen is able to diagnose and treat teeth grinding easily and effectively. Contact us today, we are accepting new patients.