Have you noticed that your teeth are worn or chipped? Do you wake up with pain in the jaw or face? Have you been told you grind your teeth in your sleep?
Bruxism is a condition that affects millions of people, who clench or grind their teeth. While a mild case of teeth grinding may not require treatment, chronic, long term teeth grinding can lead to serious problems including tooth wear, jaw disorders, headaches and gum disease.
Routine Visits Can Prevent Damage From Teeth Grinding
Routine visits to the dentist are important to prevent damaged teeth as a result of teeth grinding. Dr. Trinkner can identify the signs of bruxism through a simple visual exam. Depending on the extent of damage and cause of teeth grinding, Dr. Trinkner offers a variety of treatment options to help stop teeth grinding and to repair the damage caused by grinding teeth.
Teeth Grinding Causes
Stress and anxiety are common causes for teeth grinding. Teeth grinding is also caused by or made worse by Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD) or malocclusion, an improper alignment of the teeth. Other causes for teeth grinding may be conditions such as Parkinson’s Disease and Huntington’s Disease.
There are several options for the treatment of teeth grinding depending on your condition. Dr. Trinkner achieves three goals with bruxism treatment: stop teeth grinding, correct occlusal instability and repair damaged teeth.
Dr. Trinkner restores proper balance to the occlusion (bite) by gently reshaping the teeth so they make proper contact, eliminating stress on the joints and relieving pain.
Reshaping of the teeth may include:
- Shortening teeth by removing tooth structure
- Lengthening teeth with dental crowns or porcelain veneers
- Orthodontic treatment
- Implant dentistry
Teeth Grinding Mouth Guard
A teeth grinding mouth guard may be helpful for some patients to stop teeth grinding at night. A teeth grinding mouth guard is a customized, removable appliances that fits over the teeth.
Schedule a Consultation
Contact Columbia, SC dentist Dr. Tom Trinkner to find out what treatment options are best to help you stop teeth grinding.
Call us at 803.400.8729 or schedule an appointment online.