Worn looking teeth, cracked teeth and tension in the jaw are all common symptoms of teeth grinding, also known as bruxism. There are several causes of teeth grinding, but most patients grind their teeth or clench their jaw as a result of an underlying bite imbalance. When the teeth do not make proper contact, the uneven pressure placed on certain teeth can lead to tension in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), or jaw joint, that often leads to an uncomfortable bite and teeth grinding.
Dr. Lin, Dr. Mazer and Dr. O’Connell look for the signs of bruxism during routine dental exams in our Baltimore dentist office. We offer treatment for teeth grinding that begins with a comprehensive evaluation of your oral health to identify the underlying cause and repair any damage to the teeth and gums. Your dentist will look for any imbalance in your bite that may be contributing to teeth grinding and recommend the appropriate treatment with the goal of restoring a healthy, comfortable and functional smile.
Treatment for Teeth Grinding
After a thorough evaluation of your dental health and analysis of the function of your bite, your Canton dentist will offer a personalized treatment plan for your unique needs. Treatment for bruxism will depend on the severity of your problem and any damage that needs to be addressed as part of restoring a healthy smile. Common treatments can include:
- Mouth guard/ Nightguard: commonly worn during sleep, a custom fit mouth guard is often recommended to reposition the jaw and prevent teeth grinding.
- Restorative dentistry: we may recommend a restorative dental procedure to repair tooth damage and/or adjust tooth surfaces as part of a “bite equilibration” treatment.
- Orthodontics: braces may be recommended to straighten a crooked smile that is affecting the balance and fit of the bite. Dr. Lin is a Baltimore Invisalign provider and can offer convenient, discreet treatment for a beautiful, healthy new smile.
Schedule An Appointment
If you are concerned that you may be grinding your teeth, discuss your symptoms at your next preventive dental care visit or schedule an appointment in our Baltimore dentist office. We welcome new patients and serve many local communities including Canton, Harbor East, Fells Point and Federal Hill. Contact our family dentist office at (410) 675-3300 or request an appointment online.