It comes as a surprise to many people that the cause of their headaches, tooth wear or broken teeth is teeth grinding. Because teeth grinding often occurs during sleep, some people don’t realize they have a problem. Dr. Alexander is able to identify these problems for patients when they visit his Jacksonville dental office and recommend treatment options to stop teeth grinding and alleviate associated symptoms.
Teeth Grinding Causes and Symptoms
Teeth grinding, known as Bruxism by dentists, is most often caused by stress. Stress can be from environmental sources and/or from stress in the occlusal system. When the teeth, jaw joints and muscles aren’t working in harmony, it creates tension which leads to facial pain, headaches, TMJ disorders and other problems.
Signs of teeth grinding often include:
- Worn teeth, look for teeth that have chips or flat spots
- Dull teeth, because of worn tooth enamel
- Sensitive teeth
- Jaw pain
- Chronic earache without ear infection
- Headache or facial pain
- Cuts or sores on the inside cheek
Treatment for Teeth Grinding in Jacksonville
Dr. Alexander may use a number of techniques to treat teeth grinding in his Jacksonville dental office and bring the occlusal system into proper function. Because so often the alignment or contact of teeth is a problem, Dr. Alexander is successful treating teeth grinding with reshaping procedures. Dr. Alexander is able to reshape teeth so that the jaw closes in a comfortable position, eliminating stress on the joints and relieving pain.
Reshaping of the teeth may include:
- Removing tooth structure
- Cosmetic bonding
- Dental crowns or veneers
- Invisalign therapy
- Implant dentistry
Teeth Grinding Mouth Guard
A teeth grinding mouthguard is another common treatment that is used by Dr. Alexander to prevent patients from grinding their teeth at night. The teeth grinding mouth guard is a customized, removable appliance that fits over the teeth, similar to a sports mouth guard.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are searching for a way to stop teeth grinding at night, contact Jacksonville, FL dentist Dr. Donald Alexander to find out what treatment options are right for you. Call 904.372.8157 or request an appointment online.