Teeth grinding or bruxism is a common dental concern that we treat in our office which affects patients of all ages. Many patients are unaware that they’ve been grinding their teeth until it results in tooth damage. This is because many people who suffer from teeth grinding do so at night while they are asleep. Unconscious teeth grinding can be hard to detect on your own.
However, Dr. Hannah Voelker, Dr. Brian Linton, and Dr. Ed Davis are experienced general dentists in Peachtree City, GA. They look for signs of teeth grinding in patients during their standard oral care appointments. If they notice your teeth are worn down from teeth grinding, they will offer bruxism treatment solutions to help prevent dental damage.
Bruxism Treatment in Peachtree City, GA
Teeth grinding can have detrimental effects on your dental health. If you suspect you or your child has been grinding their teeth, please schedule an appointment with Linton Dental. Our office will work with you to restore your smile and prevent future dental damage. Here are some frequently asked questions regarding our bruxism treatment solutions:
What are some symptoms of teeth grinding?
If you’ve been grinding your teeth while you sleep, you might notice you wake up with facial pain, tension headaches, or earaches from overworked facial muscles. Additionally, your teeth may wear down over time and you may experience unexplained dental damage as a result of teeth grinding.
How does Linton Dental treat teeth grinding?
We provide customized mouthguards to help treat teeth grinding. Custom mouthguards fit snugly and securely into your mouth while you sleep. The mouthguard acts as a protective layer for your teeth so that even if you do grind them together while you sleep, they will remain protected and unharmed.
What if my teeth are already damaged from teeth grinding?
At Linton Dental, we offer a variety of restorative and cosmetic dentistry solutions to help you restore your smile from previous dental damage. Tooth bonding, porcelain veneers, or dental crowns are common solutions to concealing a damaged tooth. Dr. Linton, Dr. Voelker, and Dr. Davis can help you determine what treatment solutions are available for you to restore a broken, chipped, or worn-down tooth.
How can you tell if someone grinds their teeth?
Most people don’t know that they grind their teeth while they sleep. A key symptom is waking up with a dull headache or sore jaw. If you sleep next to someone they may also overhear your grinding at night.
Is teeth grinding contagious?
Bruxism is not contagious, and does not spread between individuals. If you suffer from bruxism there is no concern that you pass it to a loved one. Stress is the most common cause of teeth grinding.
Can infection cause teeth grinding?
Tooth infection can cause teeth grinding. Many patients who are suffering from a tooth infection initially notice that they are grinding their teeth frequently.
What triggers teeth grinding?
Although stress and anxiety can trigger teeth grinding, it typically happens during sleep. An irregular bite, missing, or misaligned teeth is likely to trigger teeth grinding. Sleep apnea could also trigger this. Also, stress and anxiety may trigger teeth grinding in high pressure work or home environments.
Is teeth grinding genetic?
Evidence shows that you may inherit teeth grinding genes. Families often have a history of tooth grinding. Dentists associate high hormone levels with teeth grinding, which you may inherit through genetics.