Millions of Americans grind their teeth, many without even realizing. Also known as Bruxism, teeth grinding can cause tooth degradation, TMJ, and other tooth and jaw problems. Shiflet, Cox & Morgan can diagnose the cause of Bruxism and recommend treatment options.
Causes of Teeth Grinding
- Malocclusion (improper alignment of the teeth)
- Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD) (also known as TMJ)
- Anxiety, stress, or tension
- Parkinson’s or Huntington’s Disease
Teeth Grinding Symptoms
Because many people grind their teeth in their sleep, it is difficult to know if you suffer from Bruxism. There are a few tell-tale signs, however, that can give you indication that you grind your teeth:
- Dull, constant headache, particularly when you wake up
- Sore jaw or earache
- Tooth sensitivity
- Worn, flattened, or chipped teeth
- Damaged tissue on the inside of your cheek
Teeth Grinding Treatment
There are a few at-home remedies that some patients find success with. These include avoiding caffeine and alcohol, avoiding chewing on anything that is not food, training yourself to stop grinding, and relaxing the jaw muscle.
If these methods do not work, Shiflet, Cox & Morgan can recommend options:
A simple mouth guard could prevent teeth grinding. Custom made to fit over your teeth and worn at night, it prevents the upper and lower teeth from coming into contact and grinding against each other.
If your teeth do not come into contact properly, reshaping of the teeth will not only prevent teeth grinding, but also alleviate other symptoms you have probably been experiencing. Shiflet, Cox & Morgan will reshape teeth through either invisible braces, dental crowns, dental implants, orthodontic treatment, etc.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are experiencing symptoms of teeth grinding, schedule a consultation with Shiflet, Cox & Morgan. This comprehensive dentist office in Virginia Beach can determine the cause of teeth grinding and recommend and perform treatment options.