Do you catch yourself grinding your teeth in stressful situations? Do you grind your teeth at night?
Millions of people are affected by bruxism, also known as teeth grinding. Patients with bruxism regularly grind or clench their teeth. Most people grind their teeth at night while they sleep. As a result, you may not realize that you have a problem! Instead, you may notice that you have frequent headaches, sore jaw pain, receding gums, and 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 your teeth and gums. It can eventually lead to tooth loss if left 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
- Chipped tooth
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.
Invisalign Clear Aligners: Using Invisalign clear aligners to move your teeth into proper alignment can help correct a bad bite. Invisalign uses a series of clear aligners to move your teeth orthodontically into a better position without wires and braces. Patients can receive a healthy bite and beautiful smile at the same time.
Dr. Freano may recommend a variety of restorative dental procedures to restore lasting dental health.
Treatment Options for Effects of Teeth Grinding
Once we’ve successfully helped you stop tooth grinding, the next step is to address the effects teeth grinding has left behind. The aftermath can have a detrimental effect on your mouth. Your worn teeth, cracked teeth, and bleeding gums should be treated as soon as possible to prevent infections and tooth loss. Dr. Freano can provide restorative dentistry procedures, or a total smile makeover, to bring teeth back to optimal health and esthetics.
Restorative dental treatment options include:
Dental crowns: Tooth crowns are great for patients with severely worn teeth. Crowns cover the top and sides of the affected tooth. This creates a new protective layer that is also matched to your teeth’s color. A dental crown is a permanent restoration.
Porcelain veneers: If your front teeth, or teeth in the ‘smile zone’ are worn down, we may recommend porcelain veneers to restore your smile. Veneers are wafer-like shells we place on teeth. They will add new material to your worn teeth, reshaping them into what your teeth might have looked like before teeth grinding. Veneers are also color-matched to your existing teeth.
Tooth bonding: Bonding is more of a cosmetic restoration, but can be used to reshape, resize and brighten your teeth.
Schedule a Consultation
Dr. Freano is an experienced dentist in Lexington KY. He has preformed many teeth restorations after addressing bruxism. Give us a call at 859.554.1586 or schedule a worry-free appointment online today.