Bruxism is another name for teeth grinding, a condition that affects millions of people. Teeth grinding is a serious condition because it can contribute to other problems such as worn teeth, gum disease, and headaches.
Signs & Symptoms of Bruxism
Because most people grind their teeth while they sleep, it’s possible to have a problem and not even know it. An experienced and highly trained dentist like Dr. Hoffert can easily detect the signs of bruxism during a comprehensive oral exam. Here are some signs and symptoms we look for:
- Teeth that are worn, have chips or flat edges
- Worn tooth enamel
- Sensitive teeth
- Jaw pain or tightness in the jaw muscles
- Headache and/or facial pain
- Cuts or damage to the inside of the cheek or tongue
Treatment for Tooth Grinding
Like most dental problems, there is no one-size-fits-all solution for teeth grinding. Dr. Hoffert 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 a comfortable, stable bite. The teeth grinding mouth guard is worn at night to protect teeth from grinding and clenching.
- Orthodontics – Dr. Hoffert may recommend orthodontic treatment to bring your teeth into the proper position and allow them to fit together harmoniously.
- 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. Miller 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 bite related problems. Contact our Asheville dentist office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hoffert and learn how we can help you to stop grinding your teeth and restore a healthier, more comfortable smile.
Call us at 828.348.8858 or schedule an appointment online.