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Teeth Grinding: Signs and Treatment

Do you often find yourself unclenching your teeth or relaxing your jaw? Do you have unexplained jaw and tooth pain? You may be suffering from bruxism.

Bruxism is a condition characterized by teeth clenching and grinding. This condition may often occur unconsciously during stressful situations or at night during sleep.

Possible Causes of Bruxism

Bruxism may have multiple causes, such as:

  • Missing teeth
  • Abnormal bite
  • Tension
  • Sleep apnea
  • Anxiety

You may be more prone to clenching or grinding your teeth if you have these conditions.

Symptoms of Bruxism

There are also several signs to look out for when it comes to bruxism:

  • Worn teeth
  • Jaw pain
  • Earaches
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Chipped teeth
  • Headaches
  • Cheek sores
  • Facial pain

If you notice these symptoms, please contact our office for an appointment. It is important to figure out what is causing the problem and to find the appropriate solution, whether it be for bruxism or another oral health condition.

Cosmetic and Restorative Treatment for Bruxism

Dr. Melissa Elliott and the professionals at Harford County Dentistry make it their mission to diagnose and treat problems at the source. Mouth guards are used to stop bruxism, but cosmetic treatments are needed to repair and reverse the damage done to teeth from teeth clenching and grinding.

Some of the cosmetic treatments used to repair damaged teeth include:

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are used to cover and support damaged teeth. Created from durable porcelain material, dental crowns protect flattened and damaged teeth from further wear and tear.

Dental Veneers

Applied to the front of teeth to restore their appearance, porcelain veneers reinforce teeth to improve their strength. Dental veneers can be made of porcelain or a biocomposite resin material. Porcelain is stain-resistant and keeps teeth looking white and bright. Biocomposite resin is not permanent but requires little preparation.

Cosmetic Bonding

This solution uses a composite resin material that is shaped an polished for a natural look. The resin is bonded to tooth enamel for added protection from tooth damage. Cosmetic bonding is one of the simplest restorative options for teeth damaged from clenching and grinding.

Schedule an Appointment

Stop your teeth grinding and repair tooth damage for the sake of your oral health. Call Harford County Dentistry today at (410) 994-2627. You can also schedule an appointment with us online here.