Bruxism, also known as teeth grinding, is a common condition that occurs among 10% of adults. Teeth grinding is generally the result of stress and anxiety, and is often paired with a clenched jaw. Patients who have an abnormal bite or missing and crooked teeth can be more prone to bruxism than other patients. Many people may not realize they are grinding their teeth because bruxism often occurs unconsciously, which is why it is important to visit the dentist sooner than later. Dr. Stephen Hoard is a New Bern, NC dentist that treats patients with bruxism to prevent further damage to teeth and to help restore the form and function of their smiles.
Dr. Hoard provides an array of solutions to manage bruxism and improve the aesthetics of damaged teeth:
Orthodontics: If your teeth are not in proper alignment, Dr. Hoard may suggest orthodontic treatment. Dr. Hoard works with a local orthodontist to design and implement treatment plans that reposition the teeth. A repositioned bite allows teeth to fit harmoniously and prevents grinding and clenching.
Bite Equilibration: Bite correction therapy involves Dr. Hoard making minor adjustments to the teeth to allow them to fit together properly. This treatment eliminates stress and pressure from the teeth and jaw.
Restorative Dentistry: After orthodontics or bite correction therapy, the next step is often to repair worn or broken teeth. Dr. Hoard offers restorative dentistry procedures to bring teeth back to optimal health and esthetics. Restorative dental treatments include dental crowns, porcelain veneers, and tooth bonding.
Treating Bruxism in New Bern, NC
Call Dr. Hoard’s office today at (252) 507-0373. You can also schedule an appointment with Dr. Hoard on our website. Our dentists will work with you to find a solution to stop teeth grinding as well as ensure that your teeth are protected.