Clenching and grinding of the teeth, known as Bruxism, is a more common issue than most people realize. Although up to 34% of adults suffer from clenching and grinding their teeth, many are unaware of their condition because it most often occurs unconsciously during the day or while sleeping at night.
Clenching and grinding your teeth can result in more serious oral health issues including fractures, loose teeth, crooked teeth, or teeth worn down to stumps. Other concerns such as abnormal bite and disturbed sleep can occur, along with issues affecting your jaw. Symptoms may develop or worsen, hearing loss may result, and facial appearance may even be altered.
We offer a variety of treatment solutions based on the severity of the condition. Splints or mouth guards that separate teeth by fitting over the upper and lower teeth can be used in milder cases. Dental correction of an abnormal bite or not properly aligned teeth can be helpful. In severe cases involving sensitivity or the inability to chew, our specialists may need to reshape the teeth along with the use of implants or braces.
Our goal is always to help you achieve and maintain optimal oral health. We consider your bite to be healthy when all or most of your teeth are present and not destroyed by normal daily usage.
When your teeth reveal abnormal wear, looseness, or you have TMJ (jaw joint) damage, we consider your bite to be unhealthy.
We have many treatment options and therapeutic approaches to restoring your bite to long-term health. The end goal is to bring your jaw and bite into proper alignment and healthy function.