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.
- Restorative Dentistry – If you have damaged teeth as a result of teeth grinding, Dr. Hoffert will offer restorative dentistry procedures to bring teeth back to optimal health and aesthetics. Restorative dental treatments include dental crowns, porcelain veneers, and/or cosmetic tooth bonding.
Get Lasting Relief For Teeth Grinding
Teeth grinding is easiest to treat when it is addressed early. The long-term risks of teeth grinding include tooth damage, gum disease, bite problems and even tooth loss. 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.