Millions of people are affected by bruxism, or teeth grinding. Patients with bruxism grind or clench their teeth. Most people grind their teeth at night. As a result, you may not realize that you have a problem. Instead, you may notice that you have frequent headaches, sore jaw pain, or worn teeth.
Dr. Freano practices “complete dentistry” and seeks to identify the underlying cause of teeth grinding for a more comfortable, permanent solution. Teeth grinding can damage both the teeth and the gums and eventually lead to tooth loss if untreated.
What is Bruxism?
Bruxism is the clinical term for tooth grinding and clenching.
Common signs and symptoms of bruxism
- Worn teeth
- Tooth Sensitivity
- Dull or abraded tooth enamel
- Jaw pain or soreness
- Broken fillings and/or crowns
- Frequent morning headaches
Teeth Grinding Treatment
Dr. Freano will perform a thorough exam to evaluate a patient’s bite and determine the cause of teeth grinding. As with treating a temporomandibular disorder, restoring balance to the bite will provide lasting results and help support long-term oral health. There is no definitive treatment for bruxism, but we strive to lessen the effects. Dr. Freano may recommend an oral appliance that is worn ONLY during sleep to protect your teeth from grinding and clenching.
Mouthguard or Dental Splint: An oral appliance such as a mouthguard or dental splint can reduce stress on the jaw joint and relieve symptoms. These are removable appliances, best suited for patients with a balanced bite and healthy temporomandibular joint (TMJ).
Bite Equilibration Therapy: Bite correction therapy is designed to address tooth damage and misalignment that is affecting the balance of your bite. It involves your dentist making minor adjustments to teeth to allow them to fit together properly, eliminating stress and pressure.
Restorative Dentistry: Once we’ve successfully helped you stop tooth grinding, the next step is often to repair worn or broken teeth. Dr. Freano offers restorative dentistry procedures to bring teeth back to optimal health and esthetics. Restorative dental treatments include dental crowns, porcelain veneers and/or tooth bonding.
Dr. Freano may recommend a variety of restorative dental procedures to restore lasting dental health.