Break your grinding habit
Maybe you grind your teeth while you sleep or have the bad habit of clenching your jaw when you’re angry or stressed. Whatever the case may be, this habit will take its toll on your oral health. Many people with a teeth grinding habit (bruxism) end up damaging their teeth and suffer the effects of bite problems. Dr. Patrick Moriarty can help you break this habit and restore your teeth and bite. You can finally get relief from bite problems and keep your jaw and teeth in good health.
What you should know about your teeth grinding habit
Grinding your teeth puts pressure on certain areas of the jaw. Over time, this pressure can cause bite imbalances and also wear down your teeth. You might end up with chipped or fractured teeth, jaw discomfort, and even a TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder.
Bruxism can be especially problematic when your teeth are weak from gum disease or you have some jaw bone loss. We can help you break the habit of grinding your teeth and also rebuild your smile to restore any damage. If dental implants are part of your treatment plan, we may need to perform an occlusal adjustment after placing the dental implant restoration.
Common symptoms of teeth grinding
Some of the most noticeable symptoms of teeth grinding include:
- Jaw pain or soreness
- Fractured, chipped or flattened teeth
- Worn tooth enamel
- Increased tooth sensitivity
- Tight jaw muscles
- Pain or tenderness when chewing
Bruxism treatment options
In many cases, Dr. Moriarty will perform an occlusal adjustment (bite adjustment). This involves shaving down some of the tooth structures so that the teeth come together evenly. Something this simple and painless can help to relieve jaw pain and restore proper functioning of the bite.
We may also recommend wearing a night guard or other oral appliance to protect your teeth while you sleep. This can slowly help you break the habit of grinding your teeth and preserve the natural tooth structure.