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
Regular visits to the dentist are necessary to avoid 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 injury and cause of teeth grinding, Dr. Trinkner offers a variety of treatment options to help stop teeth grinding, repair tooth damage and restore improved bite comfort and function.
Teeth Grinding Causes
Teeth grinding can have a variety of causes, and Dr. Trinkner will thoroughly evaluate your dental health and occlusion to identify dysfunction and imbalance. Treating the cause of your bruxism, not just the symptoms, is the key to a lasting and comfortable result.
- Stress, anxiousness
- Malocclusion, crooked teeth
- Medical conditions including Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases
There are several options for the treatment of teeth grinding depending on your oral health 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
Teeth grinding mouth guards may be helpful for some patients to stop teeth grinding at night. Teeth grinding mouth guards are customized, removable appliances that fit 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 request an appointment online.