Bruxism, or teeth grinding, is a condition that affects millions of Americans. When left untreated, teeth grinding has the potential to develop into serious problems including jaw disorders, headaches and damaged teeth.
Signs Of Teeth Grinding
Dr. Pamela Cain is a Knoxville dentist with advanced training in the diagnosis and treatment of Bruxism and TMJ disorders. Few clinicians are trained to properly identify, diagnose and treat TMD. She has trained with some of the finest clinicians from around the world to master conservative treatment techniques.
Signs and Symptoms of Teeth Grinding
- Worn, flat or chipped teeth
- Abraded tooth enamel
- Sensitive teeth
- Jaw pain or tightness in the jaw muscles
- Facial pain
- Cuts or sores on the inside cheek
Treatment for Teeth Grinding
Stress is the primary cause for teeth grinding. Lifestyle changes and relaxation techniques may help to reduce or stop your teeth grinding. In many cases, though, professional treatment is needed to correct the source of the problem and repair damage caused teeth grinding.
Dr. Cain may use a teeth grinding mouth guard, or bite guard, to prevent teeth grinding during sleep. A bite guard is a customized, removable appliance similar to a sports mouth guard that is made to fit over your teeth and protect the teeth.
Bite Alignment Therapy
Often times a bite correction procedure is needed to restore proper balance to the teeth. Treatment may include reshaping the teeth, invisible braces, dental crowns, dental veneers or dental implants.
Cosmetic Dentistry to Repair Damage
Once the teeth grinding causes have been successfully treated, the dentist will focus on repairing damage caused by teeth grinding. Chronic teeth grinding can leave teeth worn, chipped or broken. Dr. Cain may repair teeth using dental crowns, porcelain veneers or cosmetic bonding.
Schedule A Consultation
If you grind your teeth or have common signs of bruxism such as worn teeth, schedule a visit with Dr. Cain in our Knoxville dentist office. Treatment will relieve any painful symptoms you may be experiencing and improve your dental health- it can even help you to avoid tooth loss. Contact our office at (865) 219-3622 or request an appointment online.