Frequent headaches? Jaw or neck pain? Difficulty chewing?
These can all be signs that you are grinding or clenching your teeth, a dental condition called bruxism. In most cases, this is occurring either during sleep or a stressful situation and patients are not aware that it is happening.
During a comprehensive dental examination, Drs. John and Jeremi Arroyo look for the signs of tooth grinding such as worn teeth and chipped or cracked teeth. These common symptoms of bruxism often go unnoticed until a tooth has become severely damaged, loose or is causing pain due to infection.
Treatment for Teeth Grinding
Addressing bruxism as early as possible is the key to preventing or limiting tooth damage and restoring oral health. Dr. John and Dr. Jeremi Arroyo offer several treatment options for patients who grind their teeth, depending on the severity of their particular case. Treatment options can include:
- Mouth Guard/Splint Therapy: in many cases, a custom fit mouth guard is recommended to be worn during sleep or times that teeth grinding may occur (such as stressful situations).
- Restorative dentistry: to repair damaged teeth, tooth bonding, dental crowns or dental veneers may be recommended to restore dental health and realign the bite.
- Orthodontics: for patients who could benefit from mild to moderate orthodontia, Drs. Arroyo are Washington Invisalign providers. Invisible braces can quickly and conveniently realign the teeth and alleviate bite problems that are the result of crooked teeth.
- Occlusal Equilibration: restoring balance to your bite often requires adjusting the surfaces of the teeth to allow them to come into proper contact. Drs. Arroyo can use a range of dental procedures to reshape the fit of the bite by removing or restoring tooth structure.
Schedule an Appointment
Treating tooth grinding can relieve painful and debilitating symptoms such as frequent headaches and restore lasting dental health.
If you have been avoiding the dentist but are concerned that you may be grinding your teeth schedule a visit with Dr. John or Dr. Jeremi Arroyo- they welcome and work with patients who suffer from dental anxiety and can help you get back a comfortable, healthy smile.