Teeth grinding is a fairly common habit. Many people grind their teeth without knowing it as they sleep. This issue may go unknown to you because you may grind your teeth while you sleep. Teeth grinding is bad for your teeth and can lead to some painful symptoms. If you would like to learn about treatment with a nighttime mouth guard, please call DeWitt Dental Associates at 303-321-5656.
Problems caused by Teeth Grinding
Teeth grinding can lead to the following problems:
- Chronic headaches
- Jaw soreness and tenderness
- Pain and soreness around the temporomandibular joint (TMJ)
- Cracked, broken teeth
- Worn teeth
- Loose teeth
Grinding your teeth can put a lot of stress on your temporomandibular joints, which are the hinged joints of your jaw on either side of your head. Tension and exertion and the TMJs can lead to back, neck and shoulder pain, as well as frequent headaches, facial soreness and tooth pain.
A habit of teeth grinding and clenching is sometimes caused by stress and anxiety. It may also be caused by having a misaligned bite or missing teeth. We may be able to reduce your grinding by restoring a proper bite.
Teeth Grinding Treatment and Tooth Repair
If you believe you may be grinding your teeth while you sleep, our dentists can provide treatment such as a custom mouth guard you can wear at night. This mouth guard will protect your teeth and jaws from painful teeth grinding symptoms.
We can provide restorative treatments if your teeth have become damaged, worn or broken because of teeth grinding. Dental crowns are a versatile restoration that can restore the shape and size of worn and broken tooth. We'll help you restore a great smile that you can be proud to share.
If you live in Denver, Cherry Creek or Englewood and grind your teeth, please contact DeWitt Dental Associates to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced dentists to learn more about your teeth grinding treatment options.