Do you grind your teeth?
Bruxism, also known as teeth grinding, is a common dental concern that can lead to tooth damage if not properly treated. A large number of patients don’t realize they grind their teeth until the visit the dentist office. Due to the fact that teeth grinding occurs at night, many patients don’t know they grind their teeth until the experience tooth damage or a dentist examines their teeth.
Our team at Nesconset Dental Associates offer comprehensive treatment plans to address teeth grinding. We work with you to find the right solution for your dentistry needs. Visit our Nesconset dentist office to explore your treatment options.
What Causes Tooth Grinding?
If you notice worn teeth, headaches, or facial pain, there is a chance you may grind or clench your teeth during sleep. There are a variety of reasons why you may grind your teeth. Visiting the dentist can help you uncover the underlying cause of teeth grinding and get you one step closer to the treatment you need.
Common Reasons For Teeth Grinding:
- Occlusion: When the teeth are misaligned or crooked, it can affect the way the jaw comes together (opens and closes); this may mean there is an issue with the temporomandibular joint. If there is dysfunction with the temporomandibular joint, it can cause a wide range of painful or uncomfortable symptoms. We may take an x-ray to determine the condition of the joints and bones to get a proper diagnosis.
- Stress & Anxiety: Many patients don’t understand the effects stress can have on the body, even unconsciously. Clenching and teeth grinding can occur due to stress and anxiety. You can speak with your doctor and dentist to find ways to reduce your stress. Your dentist may still create a treatment plan to help protect the teeth from grinding.
- Other Reasons: Teeth grinding may be the result of certain types of medication, movement disorders, or a combination of physiological, physical, and genetic factors.
What Are The Signs Of Teeth Grinding?
During your visit to Nesconset Dental Associates, we will assess the condition of your teeth, jaw, and muscles to check for signs of tooth grinding. We believe it is important for patients to recognize the signs of tooth grinding to understand when there is a problem with their dental health.
Common Signs of Teeth Grinding:
- Facial Pain
- Jaw Pain
- Fractured and Chipped Teeth
- Worn or Flattened Teeth
- Sensitive Teeth
- Recurring Headaches
Treating Teeth Grinding
The type of treatment you receive will depend on your specific needs. Our team at Nesconset Dental Associates will work with you-you to build a comprehensive treatment plan that is right for you. Treatment options may include one or more of the following treatments:
- Restorative Dentistry: If you have sustained damage due to tooth grinding, we offer a wide range of restorative dentistry treatment to restore and repair your smile.
- Mouthguard/Night Guard: This custom designed night guard designed to help prevent the biting surfaces of the teeth from coming together. We can create night guards that tailored to your specific needs.
- Orthodontics: If your tooth grinding is caused by malocclusion or misaligned teeth, you may require orthodontics to realign your smile. We offer a complete range of orthodontic treatments, including Invisalign. We can explore your treatment options during your visit.
Schedule An Appointment
If you are experiencing signs of tooth grinding, you may want to schedule an appointment with our experienced dentist. If you would like to schedule an appointment, call (631) 228-8780 or request an appointment online.