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, headaches, TMJ disorders and more.

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. Miller, however, can easily detect bruxism cases. 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
  • Earache
  • 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. Miller 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. Miller 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 TMJ related problems. Contact Asheville dentist Dr. Stephen A. Miller today to schedule a consultation and learn how we can help you to stop grinding your teeth.

Call us at 800.788.9411 or schedule an appointment online.

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