Do you clench or grind your teeth?
Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is a serious oral health concern that can lead to extensive damage of the teeth and jaw if left untreated. Routine grinding and clenching may be a sign of a bite disorder, TMJ, or stress. There is no one singular cause of bruxism, but it is often exacerbated when the factors above are involved.
If you are dealing with bruxism, it is important to receive treatment from a highly trained dentist. Routine grinding causes stress of the teeth, joints, and muscles, which can lead to a wide range of oral health.
Our team at Welinsky Dental Care offers comprehensive treatment plans for patients dealing with various dental health concerns, including teeth grinding. We will recommend the most appropriate treatment option for your dental needs.
What Are The Signs Of Teeth Grinding?
Our team will thoroughly examine the teeth, gums, and surrounding structure to check for signs of teeth grinding. Most symptoms of teeth grinding can only be identified by your dentist, so it is important to visit our office regularly for screenings.
Common Signs of Teeth Grinding
- Facial Pain
- Clicking or Popping Jaw
- Fractured, Broken, or Chipped Teeth
- Worn or Flattened Teeth
- Tooth Sensitivity or Tooth Pain
- Neck or Shoulder Pain
- Recurring Headaches
After your consultation, we can create a treatment plan designed with your needs in mind. The key goal of treatment is to alleviate your symptoms, restore your oral health, and reduce further damage to the teeth, joints, and muscles.
How To Treat Teeth Grinding
Treatment depends on the unique dental needs of each patient. We will recommend the most appropriate treatment options based on the results form your dental health examination.
At Welinsky Dental Care we take a comprehensive approach to patient care. We may recommend one or several treatments to address your dental concerns.
- Night Guard: A night guard is similar to a mouthguard, and can be used to prevent teeth grinding and clenching during sleep. Custom designed nightguards can offer many benefits over the counter night guards.
- Restorative Dentistry: Teeth grinding and clenching can result in extensive damage to the teeth. We can work with you to determine if porcelain veneers, tooth bonding, or dental crowns are the right solution for you.
- Orthodontics: In some cases, orthodontics can be sued to realign the teeth and reduce the effects of teeth grinding. We offer Invisalign as a comfortable, safe, and discreet way to straighten crooked teeth without the need for metal wires, brackets, or bands.