How to stop teeth grinding

Teeth grinding can be an annoying and sometimes damaging condition that affects thousands of Americans each year. If you’re experiencing problems related to teeth grinding, you have a number of treatment options.

What is teeth grinding?

Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is a common condition. According to Mayo Clinic, “Bruxism is a condition in which you grind, gnash or clench your teeth. If you have bruxism, you may unconsciously clench your teeth when you’re awake (awake bruxism) or clench or grind them during sleep (sleep bruxism).” This can cause sensitive and/or damaged teeth, a tight or locked jaw, and headaches.

What causes teeth grinding?

According to John Hopkins Medicine, “Oral health specialists often point to too much stress and certain personality types as causes of bruxism. Bruxism often affects people with nervous tension, such as anger, pain, or frustration. It also affects people with aggressive, hurried, or overly competitive tendencies.” Some medicines can also cause bruxism.

Teeth grinding treatment

If you’re experiencing the symptoms of teeth grinding, you should contact your dentist for a dental exam so they can rule out any other causes. Depending on the level of severity, you may require treatment. Mouthguards are commonly used to prevent damage from teeth grinding, but treatment by a dentist may also be necessary. Long term grinding can flatten teeth; according to Mayo Clinic, this can cause sensitivity or problems chewing. It can also lead to a duller smile.

At DGY Dentistry Ann Arbor, our teeth grinding treatment begins with a dental exam to evaluate the extent of the damage. We pride ourselves on no-pressure consultations and transparent payment options. Porcelain restorations or crowns can correct wear and give patients a younger, healthier look. Porcelain restorations as well as some resin (bonding) restorations can correct any snipped or broken edges that may have occurred.

Find a dentist to help with teeth grinding near you

DGY Dentistry Ann Arbor is conveniently located on E Eisenhower Parkway, providing easy access to Washtenaw County and the greater Southeast Michigan area. Contact us today for a no-pressure consultation and treatment options for teeth grinding.

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