Some people are surprised to hear that the reason they are experiencing headaches, worn teeth or broken teeth is because of teeth grinding. Most people don’t even realize they grind their teeth because they are doing it while they sleep. Our dentists Dr. Ashley Izadi and Dr. Roham Rafat can easily identify signs of teeth grinding during a routine oral exam.
Teeth Grinding Causes and Symptoms
Bruxism is often referred to as “teeth grinding” and is commonly associated with stress. Stress, which contributes to teeth grinding, can either be from environmental sources and/or stress in the occlusal system. When the teeth, jaw joints and muscles aren’t working in harmony, it creates tension which leads to facial pain, headaches, teeth grinding and other problems.
Some of the tell-tale signs of teeth grinding include:
- Worn teeth (look for teeth that have chips or flat spots)
- Dull teeth, because of worn tooth enamel
- Sensitive teeth
- Jaw pain
- Chronic earache without ear infection
- Headache or facial pain
- Cuts or sores on the inside cheek
Treatment for Teeth Grinding
Dr. Izadi and Dr. Rafat may use a number of techniques to treat teeth grinding and restore balance to the occlusal system. Common procedures may include:
- Removing tooth structure
- Cosmetic bonding
- Dental crowns or veneers
- Invisalign therapy
- Implant dentistry
Teeth Grinding Mouth Guard
Another common treatment for teeth grinding is a mouthguard. Our dentists will custom make a device that fits over your teeth to prevent teeth grinding.
Schedule an Appointment
If you or someone you love is suffering from teeth grinding, schedule a consultation with Hunt Valley area dentists, Dr. Izadi and Dr. Rafat. A simple bite analysis and consultation can reveal whether or not your teeth grinding is caused by TMJ dysfunction and you can be well on your way to much needed relief. Call 410.449.2880 or request an appointment online.