Bruxism, or sometimes referred to as teeth grinding, can affect the function and health of your teeth, gums, and jaw. Addressing teeth grinding can help prevent further damage.
Although there is no singular cause for teeth grinding, an experienced dentist can perform specialized testing to understand the root cause of teeth grinding. Studies suggest that teeth grinding is commonly caused by stress, bite disorders, or crooked or misaligned teeth.
Dr. Justin Deckard offers comprehensive solutions for patients who grind their teeth. Dr. Deckard can work with you to create a treatment to eliminate teeth grinding, address any damage to the teeth and gums, and prevent future issues associated with teeth grinding.
TMJ & Teeth Grinding
Most patients don’t realize they grind their teeth until they visit the dentist. Teeth grinding can cause symptoms such as headaches, facial pain, jaw pain, worn or damaged teeth, and chipped teeth. Teeth grinding can also affect your bite, which may require advanced treatment.
Patients who grind their teeth often develop a TMJ-related disorder or TMD. The temporomandibular joint, or commonly referred to as the TMJ, connects the lower jaw to the skull. When there is added stress on the temporomandibular joint, patients may experience uncomfortable, sometimes painful symptoms. Dr. Deckard can work with patients to determine if they have developed a complex bite disorder and recommend the appropriate treatment needed to alleviate their symptoms and improve oral health.
Treatment Options For Teeth Grinding
Dr. Deckard offers comprehensive, personalized solutions for patients suffering from teeth grinding. Some patients may need a combination of treatments to create a treatment plan that is best-suited for their specific needs.
- Oral sleep appliance: An oral sleep appliance is custom-designed to fit your smile. An oral sleep appliance can prevent the teeth from clenching and grinding while you sleep.
- Invisalign: For patients with crooked or misaligned teeth, Invisalign is an ideal solution to realign your smile. Dr. Deckard is a Washington, DC Invisalign provider.
- Restorative Dentistry: For advanced cases of teeth grinding, Dr. Deckard may recommend restorative dentistry to restore function and health to the smile. Your treatment may include dental crowns or tooth bonding. If any teeth need to be extracted, Dr. Deckard offers dental implants, dental bridges, and denture to replace them.
Teeth Grinding FAQs
Why do I grind my teeth?
There’s no one specific reason why people grind their teeth. It can stem from a variety of things. Things like anxiety, stress, anger, or frustration can all lead to this habit. It may also be something you do when you’re concentrating.
Can teeth grinding be cured?
There is no definite cure for grinding your teeth. Our treatment options can lessen the habit or impact and relieve symptoms. We can also work with you so that you can notice you’re doing it during the day and take steps to stop it.
Can grinding my teeth impact my speech?
The longer you grind your teeth, the more likely you are to suffer bite problems. This can impact your speech and the way you make different sounds.
If you are experiencing any signs of teeth grinding, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Deckard. To schedule an appointment, call (202) 851-7554 or request an appointment online.