Teeth grinding, also known as Bruxism, often goes unnoticed by patients because it typically occurs at night during sleep. Some patients may clench their teeth when feeling stressed without realizing it and this can also have detrimental effects on dental health.
Dr. Blaylock looks for the signs of teeth grinding during comprehensive routine dental exams and works with patients to identify possible causes as well as how to prevent it- and thus prevent further damage. Tooth grinding and jaw clenching are often key signs that there is an imbalance in the bite that needs to be addressed to restore oral health and prevent teeth grinding, clenching and their side effects.
Signs and symptoms of teeth grinding
- Frequent headaches
- Jaw and/or neck pain
- Chipped or damaged teeth
- Worn, flat looking teeth
- Frequent ear pain, fullness
Dr. Blaylock has specialized training in the complex dental problems like bruxism. He offers treatment options for teeth grinding designed to restore oral health and reduce related symptoms, some of which can affect daily life. Dr. Blaylock may recommend the use of a custom fit bite guard, frequently worn at night, to eliminate pressure on jaw joints and reduce teeth grinding.
For patients with damaged teeth or an imbalance in the bite, restorative procedures may be recommended to repair and realign teeth and resolve bruxism. Dental crowns, tooth bonding and even orthodontics can be effective treatments for bringing the bite into alignment and preserving the integrity of a patient’s natural smile for the long run.
If you are concerned that you may be grinding your teeth or have experienced any of the symptoms mentioned above, come in for a visit with us in our Durham, NC dentist office. Left untreated, bruxism can even lead to tooth loss!
A healthy functional smile can also mean a great quality of life every day!