How to Stop Grinding Your Teeth
- January 15, 2020
Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is far more common than many people realize. Unfortunately, many people also don’t realize how harmful this habit can be. If you suspect you could be grinding your teeth or have begun noticing signs of a potential oral health problem, call Total Dental Care of South Carolina as soon as possible.
In the meantime, learn more about teeth grinding and how you can put an end to it before it causes more damage to your teeth.
Why Grinding Your Teeth Is Bad for Your Oral Health
Chronic teeth grinding that isn’t properly addressed and treated can lead to:
- Premature wear on your teeth
- Worn down tooth enamel
- Tooth sensitivity
- Broken fillings and/or dental crowns
- Jaw pain or soreness
Causes of Teeth Grinding
It is not always possible to pinpoint the exact cause of teeth grinding but there are many possible causes. In many cases, the main cause of teeth grinding is stress. But the following reasons are also known to contribute to the bad habit:
- Sleep disorders
- Abnormal bite
- Missing teeth
- Misaligned teeth
- Parkinson’s or Huntington’s disease
- Alcohol or tobacco use
When you talk to one of our knowledgeable team members at our office in Columbia, SC, we will take time to discuss the possible reasons you are grinding your teeth. What we determine is the likely cause will help us find a treatment plan that will work for you.
Ways to Stop Grinding Your Teeth
When a patient comes to use for treatment for teeth grinding, we take into consideration the various treatments that could work for them. While there is no perfect solution that works for everyone, we have enough options to find a solution that will provide you relief and protection from further damage.
To help patients stop grinding their teeth, repair damage that has already been done, and prevent further damage from occurring in the future, we typically select one of the following treatments:
Mouthguard or Night Guard
A common, conservative treatment for patients who grind their teeth, a mouthguard can prevent grinding by correctly positioning the jaw. A mouthguard can be worn when stressed or while sleeping.
If your teeth aren’t making proper contact when you bite, you could benefit from restorative dentistry. A restorative dental procedure can adjust or repair the surfaces of your teeth.
Another common treatment for teeth grinding is an orthodontic appliance that will straighten your teeth while aligning and balancing your bite.
Contact Us Today
At Total Dental Care, we provide comprehensive care for numerous dental concerns. We regularly treat patients for everything from tartar buildup to severe gum disease as well as sleep apnea and teeth grinding.
We put a lot of time and effort into making sure our patients are happy and healthy. If you begin to suspect you could be grinding your teeth, talk to us as soon as possible. If diagnosed and treated early, we can help prevent more serious dental issues from arising.