What Causes Chronic Teeth Grinding?

Persistent teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, can develop in patients of all ages. Without treatment, the pressure from teeth grinding and jaw clenching can damage teeth, wear down enamel, and increase the risk of decay and infection. Fortunately, we can assess the cause of your issues and recommend treatment to stop grinding and clenching!

Factors Behind Bruxism

Patients may experience persistent teeth grinding as a result of stress, tooth loss, misalignment, or injury to the face or jaw. Understanding the cause of your bruxism is the key to recommending the best treatment option. We will perform a detailed exam, looking at signs of friction on the teeth and for indicators of source of a patient’s teeth grinding.

Signs You Should Seek Treatment

How do you know when to see us? In most cases, grinding episodes occur at night as the patient sleeps. If a significant other doesn’t inform the patient about the problem, how does a patient know when to schedule a visit? Look for the common warning signs, which may include:

  • Soreness in the jaw or face
  • Tooth sensitivity or toothaches
  • Headaches
  • Worn down teeth

If one or more of the above symptoms seem familiar, then give our team a call!

Possible Teeth Grinding Solutions

We may suggest an oral appliance, which is worn at night. The device can adjust the jaw’s position to prevent grinding episodes, while also placing a barrier between the upper and lower teeth to prevent further damage to the teeth. Treatment may also use restorations, such as custom-made dental crowns, to help reposition the smile. We can also recommend changes to your daily life. You may need to reduce stress in your daily life, avoid chewing on hard objects or food, or cut back on caffeine, particularly right before bed. If you have any questions or concerns about treating bruxism, then please contact our team today. We can find the right treatment for you!

Do You Grind Your Teeth?

Our team can diagnose the cause of your bruxism and suggest the most appropriate treatment option. You can schedule an appointment with Munilla Dental in Southlake, TX by calling 817-379-1200.