Headaches, jaw pain, tenderness when you bite down, and excessive wear to your teeth are some of the symptoms you may face when you clench and grind your teeth, otherwise known as bruxism. Grinding your teeth can cause a host of issues that sometimes become quite debilitating for patients.
The causes of bruxism vary for each patient and can include:
- Stress or anxiety
- A misaligned bite
- Missing or crooked teeth
- Sleep apnea
This can be a difficult condition to diagnose on your own since most patients typically grind their teeth at night while they sleep.
What can we do to treat bruxism?
Dr. Gentry can diagnose bruxism and create a custom night guard that is comfortable to wear during sleep and protects your teeth from the damage bruxism causes. In some cases, orthodontic treatment may help to alleviate bruxism and its symptoms. Dr. Gentry can discuss options for using Invisalign to align your teeth. In other cases, you may need to be tested for Sleep Apnea to determine if that is the underlying cause of the grinding. And if your teeth are already worn down or broken from bruxism, Dr. Gentry has extensive training in restoring your teeth to their ideal shape and function.
Contact Our Charlotte NC Dental Clinic
If you suspect that you might suffer from bruxism, or you hear a loved one grinding their teeth at night, contact Gentry Dental to schedule an examination. Getting to the root cause of your bruxism will help Dr. Gentry recommend the most effective treatment for bruxism in Charlotte.