Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, can cause permanent damage to the teeth and gums if left untreated. During routine dental visits to our Sandy Springs GA dentist office, Dr. Maria Benefield and her staff look for the signs of teeth grinding such as worn or damaged teeth. There are several reasons why patients may grind their teeth, but an underlying bite problem, or TMJ disorder, is one of the most common diagnoses.
Bruxism can also be the undiagnosed cause of a range of painful symptoms, including:
- Frequent headaches
- Jaw pain
- Ear pain or feeling of fullness in the ears
Treatment For Teeth Grinding
Addressing bruxism is important to relieve symptoms and prevent permanent damage to the teeth and/or gums. Dr. Benefield will discuss your lifestyle habits and evaluate your oral health in order to recommend the most effective treatment and restore a healthy smile.
- Mouth guard/Night Guard: a custom mouth guard is the most conservative approach and often sufficient for patients with mild concerns or those who may grind their teeth in response to stress. Dr. Benefield will take impressions and order a custom appliance that will fit snugly and comfortably in your mouth. Worn during sleep or stressful situations, a mouth guard repositions the jaw to prevent bruxism and reduce stress on the teeth, gums and jaw joints.
- Restorative Dentistry: Dr. Benefield will recommend appropriate restorative procedures to address tooth damage or worn teeth for a lasting smile.
- Orthodontics: if crooked teeth are the underlying cause of bruxism and/or a TMJ disorder, Dr. Benefield offers orthodontic treatment with Invisalign clear braces.