Because most teeth grinding happens during sleep, you may not be aware you suffer from the condition known as Bruxism. In some cases, teeth grinding is loud enough to hear. Other signs may include a dull headache or sore jaw when you wake. If left untreated, teeth grinding can cause a number of problems, including worsening TMD/TMJ symptoms, and even lead to tooth loss.
What Causes Teeth Grinding
- Stress or anxiety
- Malocclusion (improper alignment of the teeth)
- Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD)
- Parkinson’s or Huntington’s Disease
Teeth Grinding Before & After Photos
Extensive teeth grinding can lead to significant tooth wear. Dr. Doray has completed a number of smile makeover procedures for patients that have chronic bruxism. After the smile makeover is complete, Dr. Doray creates a custom night guard to help protect the dental restorations from future wear and grinding.
Treatment for Teeth Grinding
There are a few at-home treatments for teeth grinding. These include: avoiding caffeine, alcohol, avoiding chewing on anything that is not food, taking notice when you grind during the day and stopping, and relaxing your jaw at night by holding a warm washcloth to your jaw. If you are a serious teeth grinder, these remedies might not be enough.
Dr. Doray can fit a plastic guard to wear over your teeth while you sleep to align the teeth and prevent damaging your teeth and dental restorations. Night guards are simple, quick ways to minimize the effects of grinding.
Bite Correction Procedures
In some cases, you may need a bite correction procedure to stop teeth grinding. Dr. Doray may reshape the teeth by filing them down or applying porcelain veneers or dental crowns, to bring them into proper alignment. Other corrective measures may include orthodontic treatment such as Invisalign.
Philadelphia based Dr. Doray is welcoming new and out of town patients. Call us at (215) 395-6076 , or schedule a consultation online.