Millions of people are affected by bruxism, or teeth grinding. Bruxism is a condition in which you clench or grind teeth. Most people grind their teeth at night and as a result, may not realize that they have a problem. Instead, they may notice that they have headaches, sore jaws, or worn teeth.
What Is Bruxism?
Bruxism is the clinical term for a condition where a person grinds or clenches their teeth. Most patients clench or grind their teeth during sleep or when feeling stressed and do not realize they are doing so. Drs. Furgurson and White look for the common signs of teeth grinding during dental exams.
Signs & Symptoms of Bruxism
Common signs of bruxism include:
- Worn teeth
- Dull or abraded tooth enamel
- Tooth Sensitivity
- Broken fillings and/or crowns
- Headaches, especially in the morning
- Jaw pain or soreness
Treatment for Teeth Grinding in Chapel Hill
There is no definitive treatment for bruxism. At Chapel Hill Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, your therapy will depend on your oral health condition and the presence of any underlying dental concerns. Drs. Furgurson and White generally prefer an occlusal splint, similar to a mouthguard, that is worn during sleep to protect the teeth from grinding and clenching.
- Occlusal Splint / Night Guard: An occlusal splint is a removable appliance best suited for patients with a balanced bite and healthy TMJ. The teeth grinding mouth guard is worn at night to protect teeth from grinding and clenching.
- Orthodontics: If your teeth are not in proper alignment, we may suggest orthodontic treatment to reposition teeth and allow for proper contact and jaw alignment, thus preventing grinding and clenching.
- Bite Equilibration: Bite equilibration, or bite correction therapy, involves the dentist making minor adjustments to the teeth to allow them to fit together properly, eliminating stress and pressure.
- Restorative Dentistry: Once the bruxism has been successfully managed, the next step is often to repair worn or broken teeth. Our Chapel Hill dentist office provides comprehensive restorative dentistry procedures to bring teeth back to optimal health and esthetics. Restorative dental treatments include dental crowns, porcelain veneers, and/or cosmetic bonding.