The Causes of Teeth Grinding and Your Options for Treatments By Louis Buono on June 06, 2015

A woman with jaw painPatients who visit Dr. Louis J. Buono on Long Island know that they will be getting some of the finest dental care possible. He uses the latest general dentistry procedures and innovations in order to improve the look of smiles and overall dental health. This includes addressing all sorts of dental care problems, from tooth decay to teeth grinding.

About Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)

Teeth grinding refers to the clenching, grinding, gnashing, and shifting of the teeth while a person sleeps. This occurs because the teeth are unable to find or remain in a comfortable resting position. When the grinding occurs, this can result in damage to the teeth and other structures of the mouth.

Common Causes of Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)

Some of the most common causes of teeth grinding include the following:

  • Stress and Anxiety – When a person is anxious or worries, teeth grinding is more likely to occur at night.

  • Poor Dental Alignment – Crooked teeth can make a comfortable position less likely for your upper and lower dental arches, which can lead to teeth grinding.

  • Sleep Disorders – Sleep apnea and other kinds of sleeping issues can result in teeth grinding in some patients.

And of course, combinations of the above causes can result in teeth grinding as well.

What Happens If Teeth Grinding (Bruxism) Is Left Untreated

If your teeth grinding is left untreated, it can result in the following dental health and general wellness issues:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Cracked teeth
  • Soreness of the teeth
  • Gum recession
  • Periodontal pain
  • Jaw joint problems
  • TMJ disorders
  • Headaches
  • Earaches
  • Neck pain

Options for Treating Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)

To treat teeth grinding, a number of approaches can be considered:

  • Mouth Guards – A mouthpiece known as a bite guard/night guard may be created. This appliance is worn to prevent direct contact between the teeth of the upper dental arch and the teeth of the lower dental arch, preventing damage and reducing stress on the structures of the mouth.

  • Orthodontic Care – When dental misalignment causes teeth grinding, orthodontic care is often the best options for addressing a case of teeth grinding.

  • Stress Management Techniques – Excessive stress is bad for you, which is why relaxation and stress management techniques may be considered to reduce the severity of the teeth grinding.

  • Improved Exercise and Diet – Related to stress management, a number of people have been able to improve their overall stress levels by exercising regularly and eating a diet that is healthy and balanced.

Combined Approaches May Yield the Best Treatment Results

While one of the above treatments may work well, combining multiple treatments is generally the best option for care given the various causes of teeth grinding. During the consultation process, we will be sure to go over all of these matters in greater detail with each patient.

Schedule a Consultation to Learn About Teeth Grinding Treatments

For more information about teeth grinding and how it can be treated, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. Dr. Buono and the entire team here at the practice look forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve great dental health.

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