Millions of people grind and clench their teeth, usually while they sleep. Typically environmental problems like stress are to blame, but others may have dental problems that contribute to teeth grinding like TMJ Disorder, malocclusion or misaligned teeth. Prolonged teeth grinding can further contribute to these problems and result in headaches, chipped or worn teeth.
Teeth grinding is one of the most overlooked dental concerns that patients experience. In fact, most people don’t realize they suffer from it. Dr. Stephen Hoard offers a number of treatment options for patients to manage bruxism and prevent damage to teeth.
Common signs of bruxism include:
- Worn, chipped or jagged teeth
- Dull or worn tooth enamel
- Sensitive teeth
- Broken fillings and/or crowns
- Headaches, especially in the morning
- Jaw pain or soreness
Treatment for Tooth Grinding
There is no one-size-fits-all treatment for teeth grinding. Depending on your condition, treatment could include one or several different treatments. The first line of treatment is often a mouth guard to protect teeth from grinding and clenching during sleep. Other treatment may include the following.
Orthodontics: If your teeth are not in proper alignment, Dr. Hoard may suggest orthodontic treatment. Dr. Hoard works with a local New Bern orthodontist to design and implement treatment plans that reposition the teeth, allowing them to fit harmoniously and preventing grinding and clenching.
Bite Equilibration: Bite equilibration, or bite correction therapy, involves the dentist making minor adjustments to the teeth to allow them to fit together properly, eliminating stress and pressure.
Restorative Dentistry: Once the bruxism has been successfully managed, 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/or cosmetic bonding.