Teeth grinding, which is also referred to as bruxism, refers to the clenching of the teeth together tightly or rubbing them against each other. Many people grind their teeth from time to time, but for some, the severity is such that their oral health could be affected. Teeth grinding can happen during the day, but it can also happen during sleep.
If you notice any of the following symptoms, Dr. Timothy B. Chatterley may recommend treatment for teeth grinding in Casselberry, Florida:
– Jaw pain
– Facial pain
– Morning headaches
– Loose dental restorations
– Worn teeth
– Cracked teeth
Night guards are custom-made pieces of plastic that cover the top or bottom set of teeth. They help protect your teeth from the force of clenching and prevent the molars from grinding. This helps protect your teeth from damage. Our dentist can fit you for a night guard at our office to protect your smile.
Malocclusion (crooked teeth or a misaligned bite) is often a contributor to teeth grinding. Orthodontic treatment may be suggested to remedy the problem. Another big contributor to bruxism is stress and anxiety. Because of this, we may suggest that you practice relaxation methods like meditation to help you stop clenching or grinding your teeth.
For more information and to schedule an appointment, we encourage you to contact Bright Smiles Dental at 407-628-1066 today.