Bruxism, or teeth grinding, is a condition affecting millions of people. While a mild case of teeth grinding may not require treatment, persistent, long term teeth grinding can lead to serious problems including jaw disorders, headaches and damaged teeth.
Identifying the Signs Teeth Grinding
Dr. John Cranham is one of the nation’s leading dentists. More than a local dentist in Chesapeake, VA, Dr. Cranham is the Clinical Director for the Dawson Academy, a post graduate dental education and research facility. He teaches dentists from around the world the fundamentals in occlusion (bite) and TMJ function.
While many patients don’t realize they grind their teeth, Dr. Cranham can easily diagnose teeth grinding through a simple visual examination.
Signs and Symptoms of Teeth Grinding
- Worn, flat or chipped teeth
- Abraded tooth enamel
- Sensitive teeth
- Jaw pain or tightness in the jaw muscles
- Facial pain
- Cuts or sores on the inside cheek
Teeth Grinding Causes
The primary cause for teeth grinding is stress. If your teeth grinding is caused by stress, you may benefit from biofeedback, yoga, anxiety medication, or other methods of stress relief. Other teeth grinding causes include:
- Malocclusion (improper alignment of teeth)
- Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD)
- Parkinson’s Disease, Huntington’s Disease
- Anxiety, anger, or tension
Treatment For Teeth Grinding
Dr. Cranham offers a range of treatment options for people affected by bruxism. The initial goal of teeth grinding treatment is to stop teeth grinding or clenching the teeth from occurring. This is followed by treatment to correct the source of the problem and finally treatment to repair any damage as a result of teeth grinding.
Stop Teeth Grinding – Dr. Cranham frequently uses a teeth grinding mouth guard to stop teeth grinding. A teeth grinding mouth guard is a customized, removable appliances – similar to a sports mouth guard – made to fit over your teeth and prevent teeth grinding. Mouth guards are typically worn at night, however some patients wear their teeth grinding mouth guards during high stress situations such as while driving.
Bite Alignment Therapy – Dr. Cranham is one of the leading TMJ dentists in Virginia providing a broad range of services to correct the causes of teeth grinding. Malocclusion, or improper alignment of the teeth, is one cause for teeth grinding. Teeth can be corrected to proper alignment through the use of invisible braces, dental crowns, dental veneers or dental implants.
Cosmetic Dentistry to Repair Damage – Once the teeth grinding causes have been successfully treated, the dentist will focus on repairing damage caused by teeth grinding. Chronic teeth grinding can leave teeth worn, chipped or broken. Dr. Cranham may repair teeth using dental crowns, porcelain veneers or cosmetic bonding.
Schedule an Appointment to Stop Teeth Grinding
If you or someone you love is suffering from teeth grinding, schedule a consultation with Chesapeake dentist Dr. John Cranham. A simple bite analysis and consultation can reveal whether or not your teeth grinding is caused by TMJ dysfunction and you can be well on your way to much needed relief.
Call our Chesapeake Dentist Office at 757-656-4109 or schedule your next appointment online.