Do you experience headaches and jaw pain? Do you have damaged teeth?
Bruxism, or teeth grinding, is a dental concern that can create complex dental problems over time and is often the symptom of an underlying bite or TMJ-related problem. Approximately 10–15% of Americans moderately to severely grind their teeth. Sometimes patients do not even know that they grind your teeth, but come into our office with significant signs. Dr. Gregory Hillyard, Dr. Alexandra Monroe, and their Media, PA dental team will examine teeth at every dental visit to identify bruxism before symptoms worsen.
Bruxism: Causes and Signs
There are several different reasons people grind their teeth:
- Stress or anxiety
- Malocclusion (improper alignment of the teeth)
- Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ)
- Parkinson’s or Huntington’s Disease
In addition, common symptoms of bruxism may include:
- Fractured or chipped teeth
- Worn tooth enamel
- Tooth sensitivity
- Jaw pain
- Facial pain
If you have noticed any of these signs, please contact Dr. Hillyard and Dr. Monroe. They will conduct an examination to determine if your symptoms are attributed to bruxism or another dental concern.
There are multiple treatment options to lessen the pain and damage caused by teeth clenching and grinding:
Mouthguards or night guards: One of the most impactful treatments for teeth grinding is a custom oral appliance or mouthguard that can be worn during the day or at night. Custom-made to fit comfortably over the teeth, a mouthguard is designed to facilitate natural jaw position and tooth contact.
Restorative dentistry: Tooth bonding, dental crowns, or restorative dental procedures may be used to address tooth damage, worn teeth or to make adjustments in how they come into contact when biting down. These solutions are best for patients who have severe damage to their tooth enamel.
Orthodontics: Clear braces like Invisalign and ClearCorrect may be considered necessary if an uneven bite is a cause of your teeth grinding and related bite problems. Straightening teeth can actually stop bruxism at the source.
Schedule an Appointment
To request a dental appointment or consultation, call our Media, Pennsylvania dental office at 610.756.0649.