Do you often find yourself clenching and grinding your teeth? You may have bruxism. Bruxism is a condition that many people may not realize they have as it often occurs unconsciously. That is why it is key to visit the dentist and get treatment earlier rather than later. Dr. Karim Naguib and his professional team offer treatment for bruxism at Premier Dental Care. His offices are in the Palmdale and Lancaster areas.
What Causes Teeth Grinding?
Teeth grinding and jaw clenching can be due to many different factors. One of the most common is stress. Usually, you’ll clench and grind your teeth when you’re sleeping, but you may even catch yourself grinding them subconsciously throughout the day. Frustration or anger can cause you to grind your teeth as well. If you have a hyperactive or competitive personality, you’re more likely to grind your teeth.
Bruxism can run in the family as well. If you know that your parents grind their teeth, you’re more likely to. Sleep bruxism is especially common in children. If you’re taking certain medications or have certain conditions, your chance of teeth grinding is also higher. It can be a chronic condition or something that only occurs when you’re going through certain events or situations.
Signs of Bruxism
There are multiple common symptoms that accompany chronic teeth grinding and clenching:
- Worn teeth
- Jaw pain
- Teeth clenching
- Tooth sensitivity
- Chronic headaches
- Facial pain
- Muscle tenderness
- Fractured teeth
- Loose teeth
Over time with increased tension, tooth enamel can weaken and break down. However, there is a solution!
Before treatment, Dr. Naguib will assess your teeth and gums as well as discuss your budget and goals with you. He will determine what treatment aligns best with your needs after the consultation. For example, he can provide oral appliances like splints and night guards. Oral appliances are the most effective treatments for bruxism today. Oral appliances can provide much-needed relief from the symptoms of teeth grinding.
Splints are custom oral appliances that we can create after a thorough exam. Our dentist will take impressions of your teeth to ensure that they fit perfectly. We craft dental splints from a reliable material that will properly align your jaw while you sleep. The main thing a dental splint does is reduce muscle tension and minimize the grinding impact on your teeth. You can wear a dental splint on either the upper or lower teeth and will address various types and severity of bruxism.
Another option is custom night guards. They can stop the damage from mild and moderate bruxism issues. Our custom night guards act as a protective wall between your upper row of teeth and lower row of teeth. They absorb constant grinding and will not easily break down. They offer a more affordable option for mild to moderate cases of teeth grinding. However, they may not provide the same level of comfort or effectiveness as dental splints.
Treating the Effects of Teeth Grinding
Teeth grinding can have detrimental effects on your oral health. One of the most noticeable consequences of bruxism is tooth wear. Over time, the constant grinding and clenching can cause your teeth to wear down to a short and flat appearance.
In addition to worn teeth, bruxism can also result in chipped or cracked teeth. The excessive force exerted during grinding can cause enamel to chip off or even lead to fractures in the tooth structure. These issues can cause sensitivity, tooth pain, and make your teeth look too short.
Dental bonding involves applying a tooth-colored resin compound to repair chipped areas, while porcelain veneers are thin shells that cover the front surface of damaged teeth.
Teeth Grinding FAQs
What problems can teeth grinding cause?
Teeth grinding can result in wear on the surface of teeth. This weakens enamel and tooth structure. Teeth grinding can also cause teeth to crack, break, or chip. Gums may also begin to recede if you do not treat teeth-grinding issues.
Should I go to the dentist for teeth grinding?
Patients should go to the dentist to address teeth grinding if they notice it as an ongoing issue. Dentists can address where the issue is coming from, recommend ideas to protect your teeth from further damage and fix the damage already caused.
Do night guards really work?
Night guards do not stop patients from grinding their teeth, but they do protect against further damage to the surface of teeth. The main issue with teeth grinding is the damage it causes, and wearing a night guard protects against this.
How can I stop grinding my teeth at night?
The best way to stop teeth grinding is to reduce stress and increase exercise and physical activity. We also recommend massaging your jaw muscles before bed to relax muscular tension that may be triggering grinding.
Can you damage your teeth by grinding them?
Bruxism can cause damage to your teeth, especially if you have dental restorations. Teeth grinding can damage your dental restorations, such as crowns, implants, dentures, etc to the point that they break and need replacements.
How does a dentist know if you grind your teeth?
If left untreated, teeth grinding can lead to dental issues as well as jaw pain. At our office, we can diagnose the condition by examining your mouth and looking for signs of pain or sensitivity.
Request an Appointment Today
Stop bruxism from damaging your teeth. If you are experiencing issues with teeth grinding, seek professional help from our trusted dentists. An initial consultation can provide valuable insights and piece of mind when dealing with teeth grinding issues.
Call our Lancaster, CA dentist office at (661) 948-6700 or schedule a dental visit to our Lancaster dentist office online. Call our Palmdale, CA dentist office at (661) 273-6565 or schedule a visit to our Palmdale dentist office online. Dr. Naguib and his professional staff are proud to treat patients with comfortable and comprehensive care.