Teeth grinding, or Bruxism, a potentially serious dental condition that can lead to worn teeth, gum disease, headaches, TMJ disorders and more.
Signs & Symptoms of Bruxism
Most teeth grinding happens while we sleep, so most people don’t realize that they have a problem. A dentist like Dr. Parnaik can easily identify signs and symptoms of bruxism through a simple evaluation. We look for:
- Worn teeth, small chips and flat surfaces
- Worn or dull tooth enamel
- Sensitive teeth
- Jaw pain or tightness in the jaw muscles
- Headache and/or facial pain
Treatment for Tooth Grinding
Like most dental problems, there is no one-size-fits-all solution for teeth grinding. Dr. Parnaik will perform a comprehensive evaluation to determine the cause for tooth grinding and create a personalized treatment plan to take care of your needs.
- Splint Therapy / Night Guard – A dental splint or teeth grinding mouth guard is a removable appliance best suited for patients who have a balanced occlusion and healthy TMJ. The teeth grinding mouth guard is worn at night to protect teeth from grinding and clenching.
- Orthodontics – Dr. Parnaik is an Invisalign dentist. She may recommend invisible braces or other orthodontic treatment to bring your teeth into the proper alignment.
- Bite Equilibration – Bite equilibration, or bite correction therapy, involves the dentist making minor adjustments to the teeth to allow them to fit together properly, eliminating stress and pressure.
- Restorative Dentistry – If you have damaged teeth as a result of teeth grinding, Dr. Parnaik will offer restorative dentistry procedures to bring teeth back to optimal health and esthetics. Restorative dental treatments include dental crowns, porcelain veneers, and/or cosmetic bonding.
Get Lasting Relief For Teeth Grinding
Teeth grinding is easiest to treat the earlier it’s detected. The long term risks of teeth grinding include tooth loss, gum disease and TMJ related problems. Contact Medford dentist Dr. Poorva Parnaik today to schedule a consultation and learn how we can help you stop grinding your teeth.
Call us at 609.365.0673 or schedule an appointment online.