Do you grind your teeth?
Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is a complex dental concern that can lead to jaw, teeth, and gum damage if left untreated. Many patients don’t realize they grind their teeth until they begin to exhibit painful symptoms or until they visit an experienced dentist.
Anyone who has experienced chronic teeth grinding should seek treatment. Habitual teeth grinding causes damage to the teeth, joints, and muscles in the jaw. Teeth grinding can be caused by a variety of problems, so it is important to visit the dentist to uncover the underlying cause and receive the treatment you need.
Westover Dentistry in Arlington, VA, offers comprehensive solutions for patients who grind their teeth. Depending on the needs of the patient, we may recommend restorative dentistry treatment, orthodontics, or a custom night guard to restore function to the smile.
Signs of Teeth Grinding
Dr. Sadeddin can perform a full evaluation of the teeth, jaw, and surrounding muscles to check for signs of teeth grinding. It is important to discuss any symptoms you may have felt prior to your evaluation.
Common Signs of Teeth Grinding
- Facial Pain
- Neck or Shoulder Pain
- Clicking or Popping Jaw
- Fractured and Chipped Teeth
- Worn or Flattened Teeth
- Tooth Sensitivity
- Recurring Headaches
- Tissue Damage In The Mouth
After a discussion of symptoms and a thorough evaluation, we can build a treatment plan that is tailored to your needs. The goal is to alleviate symptoms, prevent further damage, and repair existing damage.
Treatment For Teeth Grinding
Treatment type depends on the unique needs of each patient. At Westover Dentistry we work with you to build the most conservative, practical solutions to meet your dental health needs. Our treatment is focused on addressing the root of the problem and preventing further damage to the teeth and gums.
Treatment options may include one or more services. We take a comprehensive approach to teeth grinding treatment to ensure damage, symptoms, and prevention are appropriately addressed.
- Orthodontics: In some instances, orthodontics is needed to realign the teeth and reduce teeth grinding. Westover Dentistry offers Invisalign for an effective, discreet way to straighten crooked or misaligned teeth.
- Night Guard: We can fit custom night guards in our Arlington dentist office. Night guards are designed to prevent the biting surface of the teeth from coming together, therefore eliminating chronic teeth grinding. Custom night guards are designed with your specific measurements so that you can benefit from a comfortable, useful treatment option.
- Restorative Dentistry: For teeth damage by teeth grinding, we may use restorative dentistry treatments to repair the teeth. Porcelain veneers, dental crowns, and dental bonding are commonly used to restore damaged teeth.
Schedule A Consultation
If you have experienced teeth grinding, we recommend that you visit our Westover Dental office. Teeth grinding is best treated in the earliest stage of development. Contact Dr. Sadeddin for a one on one consultation. To schedule an appointment, call (703) 495-2247 or request an appointment online.