Bruxism, more widely known as teeth grinding, affects millions of people. Many are not aware that they even have the condition because most people grind their teeth at night while they are sleeping. One of the quickest and most effective treatments for teeth grinding is a night guard. Many people can curb teeth grinding by practicing better dietary habits or relaxation methods, but for those who experience severe grinding, our Norfolk, VA dentist office has the expertise and resources to cure your symptoms. Dr. John Cranham can easily diagnose teeth grinding through a simple visual examination and suggest the appropriate treatment.
Teeth Grinding Causes
Approximately 10-15% of Americans moderately to severely grind their teeth. There are several different reasons people grind their teeth:
- Stress or anxiety
- Malocclusion (improper alignment of the teeth)
- Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD)
- Parkinson’s or Huntington’s Disease
Symptoms of Teeth Grinding
- Worn teeth
- Broken or chipped teeth
- Persistent sensitive teeth
- Pain or tightness in the jaw joints or jaw muscles
- Frequent headaches
- Earache and/or facial pain
- Damaged tissue on the inside of your cheek
Treatment For Teeth Grinding
Dr. Cranham offers TMJ treatments for people who suffer from teeth grinding (bruxism). It is very important to treat this serious problem because grinding can erode the enamel on your teeth. Over time, enamel erosion can lead to teeth sensitivity, discoloration, tooth decay, and fractured teeth. Enamel is an important line of defense for your teeth can not be grow back. The goal of the treatment is to stop the grinding or clenching the teeth. Then, Dr. Cranham will treat and and repair any damage as a result of teeth grinding.
Stop Teeth Grinding – Dr. Cranham frequently uses a teeth grinding mouth guard to stop the teeth grinding. A teeth grinding mouth guard is a customized, removable appliance 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 the Norfolk, VA area that provides 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, Dr. Cranham will focus on repairing the worn down, chipped or broken teeth. Dr. Cranham may repair your 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 in the Norfolk, VA and Chesapeake, VA area, schedule a consultation with Dr. John Cranham. A simple bite analysis and consultation can reveal whether or not your teeth grinding is caused by TMJ dysfunction. You can be well on your way to much-needed relief.
Call our Chesapeake Dentist Office at 757-656-4109 or schedule your appointment online.