No matter how well you care for your teeth, one pervasive dental problem could still be sabotaging your oral health. If you suffer from teeth grinding, medically known as bruxism, a Cincinnati dentist can assess the forces within your mouth and discuss the best way to keep your teeth healthy and functional.
To begin exploring treatment options for teeth grinding and other dental health issues, please call Hardin Advanced Dentistry at (513) 234-5531 today to schedule an appointment. Dr. Tara Hardin and Dr. Gary Hardin welcome all patients in the Cincinnati area.
What Causes Teeth Grinding?
Though everybody grinds their teeth at some point, some patients do it frequently enough to damage their teeth and even develop pain in portions of the face, jaw, and neck. Though you might habitually clench your teeth during the day, it’s more likely that you’re grinding while you sleep at night.
Before you begin treatment, it’s important to understand what might be causing your teeth grinding. Some potential causes include:
- Crooked or lost teeth
- Misalignment of the bite
- Side effect of certain prescription drugs
- Excessive caffeine or alcohol consumption
Symptoms of Teeth Grinding
You might not be aware you’re grinding your teeth until someone else, such as a spouse or roommate, complains about the noise. You might also experience some common teeth grinding symptoms:
- Wear or damage to your teeth
- Chronic headache
- Pain, tightness, or fatigue in the jaw or other parts of your face
Teeth grinding can also misalign the joint connecting the lower jaw to the rest of the skull (temporomandibular joint, or TMJ). TMJ disorder can potentially compromise the health and function of your bite and cause pain in multiple parts of the face if left unattended.
Teeth Grinding Treatment
If you believe you’re suffering from bruxism, our dentists will examine your teeth and jaw for signs of damage or dysfunction. Though some patients might experience relief with simple lifestyle modifications, some cases require more extensive treatment.
Dental options for correcting teeth grinding vary based on the unique needs of the patient, but Dr. Gary and Dr. Tara might recommend:
- Custom mouth guard
- Dental splint
- Orthodontics to realign the bite
- Crowns or other restorations to adjust the shape or alignment of your teeth
If you’re concerned about teeth grinding or another problem that could adversely affect your dental health, please contact Hardin Advanced Dentistry online or call (513) 234-5531 today to schedule your appointment. Our dentists serve clients in Cincinnati, Mason, Dayton, and other Ohio cities, as well as Southeast Indiana and Northern Kentucky.