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, frequent headaches, and damaged teeth. Dr. Pamela Cain is a dentist in Knoxville TN 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 Of Teeth Grinding
When you grind your teeth, you may not be aware of the effects it has on your oral health. Most patients grind their teeth at night during sleep, so they are not aware of the habit. Grinding your teeth can be a symptom of other health issues within itself. The following are just some of the 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 reduce or stop your teeth grinding. Although in many cases, professional treatment is needed to correct the source of the problem, and repair damage caused by teeth grinding. Dr cain offers a few treatments that can address the problem, as well as the effects teeth grinding leaves behind.
Dr. Cain may use a teeth grinding mouthguard, or bite guard, to prevent damage from teeth grinding during sleep. A bite guard is a customized removable appliance, similar to a sports mouthguard, that is made to fit over your teeth and protect them. Bite guards are made in a dental lab. After a dental exam, Dr. Cain will take impressions of your teeth and send them to a dental lab for fabrication. You will need to come back another day to receive your bite guards.
Bite Alignment Therapy
Often times a bite correction procedure is needed to restore proper balance to the teeth. Treatment may include reshaping the teeth with dental bonding, invisible braces, dental crowns, dental veneers or dental implants. It all depends on how severe your teeth grinding issue is. We will determine the best course of action after an initial dental exam, and never recommend unnecessary treatments.
Cosmetic Dentistry to Repair Damage
Once the teeth grinding causes have been successfully treated, your 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. Again, this will depend on the severity of your unique issue.
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.