Repeated trauma to the teeth can affect their health, function, and appearance. Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, occurs when the biting surfaces of the teeth come together. The repeated pressure and trauma to the teeth can cause tooth wear, breakage, and tooth sensitivity.
At Morristown Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Victor Gittleman can asses your teeth and determine if you have experience tooth grinding. Our goal is to prevent further grinding, correct any damage to the teeth and jaw, and reduce the risk of future grinding our clenching.
What Causes Tooth Grinding?
It is natural to grind your teeth to some extent. However, when tooth grinding is done frequently, it can cause damage to the teeth and lead to pain or discomfort in the face, neck, and jaw.
Before any treatment is recommended, it is important to understand the underlying cause of tooth grinding. Some potential cause of tooth grinding might include:
- Crooked or misaligned teeth
- Missing teeth
- Misaligned bite
- Certain types of medication
Symptoms of Teeth Grinding
Teeth grinding typically occurs unconsciously during sleep. Many patients don’t realize they grind their teeth until someone else tells them or they visit their dentist.
Symptoms of teeth grinding may include:
- Chronic headaches, especially in the morning
- Pain, tightness, or discomfort in the jaw or face
- Worn or damaged teeth
In advanced cases, teeth grinding can lead to dysfunction in the TMJ (temporomandibular joint). When left untreated, TMJ disorder can compromise the function and balance of your bite and lead cause uncomfortable symptoms. Finding a solution for teeth grinding is key to restoring health to your smile.
Treatment For Teeth Grinding
For patients dealing with signs of teeth grinding, Dr. Gittleman can Examine your teeth and jaw for any signs of dysfunction. In many cases, we can work with patients to alleviate their symptoms and repair damage to their teeth and jaw.
Treatment options depend on the unique needs of the patients as well as the underlying cause of tooth grinding. After a completed dental examination, Dr. Gittleman may recommend one or more of the following treatments for teeth grinding:
Advanced Dental Care For Teeth Grinding in Morristown, NJ
With over three decades of experience, Dr. Victor Gittleman has seen his fair share of dental issues. He takes a comprehensive approach to your dental care to ensure you get the diagnosis and treatment you need to improve your dental health.
If you are experiencing any signs of tooth grinding or have not visited the dentist recently, visit our Morristown, NJ dentist office for routine screening. We offer a full range of treatment options for patients who grind or clench their teeth. To schedule an appointment call (973) 287-3337 or request an appointment online.