Do you grind your teeth at night during sleep? Are you even aware that it’s happening?
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 in Hunt Valley, MD can easily identify signs of teeth grinding during a routine oral exam.
Valley Dental Health will work with you to identify possible causes of your tooth grinding habit, as well as how to prevent it and prevent further damage. Tooth grinding and jaw clenching are often key signs that there is an imbalance in your bite. We can address an imbalanced bite to restore oral health and prevent teeth grinding, clenching and the side-effects.
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 your teeth, jaw joints and muscles aren’t working in harmony, it creates tension. This can lead 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
Everyone is different. You may not experience all of these symptoms, but you can still have the underlying issue. Remember, only a licensed dental professional can diagnose your condition. Visit Valley Dental Health for a worry-free consultation today.
Teeth Grinding: What to Expect
Dr. Izadi and Dr. Rafat may use a number of techniques to treat teeth grinding and restore balance to the occlusal system. We determine the best procedure(s) for your needs depending on the severity of your condition and the state of your dental health.
Common procedures may include:
- Dental crowns
- Porcelain veneers
- Invisalign therapy
- Implant dentistry
- Removing tooth structure
- Cosmetic bonding
Teeth Grinding Nightguard
Another common treatment for teeth grinding is a nightguard or oral appliance. Our dentists can create a custom-fit oral appliance that fits over your teeth to prevent teeth grinding. This discreet and comfortable solution for teeth grinding can help protect your teeth from further damage and relieve pain symptoms related to teeth grinding.
With the use of a teeth-grinding night guard, many patients experience almost overnight relief. Symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, and facial pain are alleviated.
Teeth Grinding FAQs
Can teeth grinding ruin teeth?
Yes- teeth grinding is harmful to teeth. It can cause your teeth to lose enamel which makes them more prone to cavities and tooth decay. This can result in loss of teeth. It can also cause headaches and pain in patients’ faces and ears.
What vitamin deficiency causes teeth grinding?
Teeth grinding is caused by a vitamin deficiency in Vitamin D and C. Vitamin D helps regulate the level of calcium in the body. Vitamin c helps to repair body tissue. It can be found in the highest levels of citrus fruits.
Can teeth recover from grinding?
Depending on the severity of teeth grinding, teeth can be damaged severely from grinding. If a patient grinds their front teeth repairs may be needed to restore their appearance. Mouthguards can be worn to protect against further damage, but prior damage from grinding cannot be recovered without treatment.
Schedule a Dental Exam Today
If you or someone you love is suffering from teeth grinding, schedule a consultation with our Hunt Valley area dentists. Dr. Izadi and Dr. Rafat will conduct a quick bite analysis during your consultation. It can reveal whether or not your teeth grinding is caused by TMJ dysfunction.
You can be well on your way to much-needed relief. Call (410) 803-5587 or request an appointment online today!