If you grind or clench your teeth, you may be causing damage to your smile. Many patients grind their teeth while sleeping, or in times of high stress and are unaware of their habit. Habitual teeth grinding places added stress on the jaw joints and is a prominent cause of Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMJ & TMD). The Temporomandibular Joint is the name for the jaw joint that can become damaged causing chronic pain when patients grind their teeth.
Ridgetop Dental offers comprehensive diagnosis and treatment options for preventing teeth grinding. Treating teeth grinding as soon as possible can protect your smile from secondary complications. Bruxism can be treated through a thorough analysis of the occlusal system to pinpoint the cause of dysfunction in the bite.
Am I Grinding My Teeth?
While patients often remain unaware of their bruxism, there are some tale-tell signs of grinding. In some cases, your dentist may recognize the signs of the damage caused to your teeth like cracks or excessive wear. In other cases, teeth grinding manifests as a chronic pain condition known as TMJ. If you notice any changes in your oral health, be sure to tell your Ridgetop dentist at your next appointment.
Signs of bruxism include:
- Broken or chipped teeth
- Worn down teeth
- Jaw pain
- Popping or clicking of the jaw
- Headaches (especially in the morning)
- TMJ disorder
When the jaw is repeatedly misused, the temporomandibular joint and the surrounding multitude of muscles can become stressed or even permanently damaged. Bruxism is a leading cause of chronic jaw pain. TMJ can interfere with a person’s quality of life making it difficult to chew and speak without pain.
Treatment for Bruxism in Reston, VA
Our dentists will recommend treatment for bruxism based on your unique dental health concerns. We address all aspects of the smile from functional cause to the aesthetic damage years of teeth grinding may have caused. Treatment plans are tailored to improve the health and beauty of your smile.
Schedule A Consultation
If you believe that you may be grinding or clenching your teeth or suffer from chronic headaches or jaw pain, schedule a consultation with one of the dentists at Ridgetop Dental in Reston, VA. We work with patients to properly diagnose and treat complex bite disorders and teeth grinding.
To schedule your appointment, request an appointment online or call one of our Reston, VA dentist office at (571) 313-7010.