Do you clench and grind your teeth? You may have bruxism.
Dr. Ira Goldberg treats teeth clenching and grinding in Succasunna, NJ. Bruxism, or teeth clenching and grinding, is a dental concern with many short and long-term consequences. Patients may have irritated nerves and facial pain short-term. The tooth enamel weakens over time and can become damaged or worn down with the increased tension that bruxism provides.
In addition, clenching or grinding teeth increases pressure on teeth. The pressure of chronic bruxism is 40 times stronger than the pressure exerted from normal chewing. During sleep, the pressure of teeth grinding is not alleviated, so those who have problems with night bruxism may have weakened gums and teeth while being unaware of the problem. At Morris County Dental Associates, our dental team is experienced in helping patients with tooth or jaw pain caused by their chronic teeth clenching and grinding. We work one-on-one with patients to find the source of their dental problems and help craft an effective solution.
Signs of Bruxism
Be aware of theses symptoms that often accompany chronic teeth clenching and grinding:
- Worn teeth
- Jaw pain
- Tooth sensitivity
- Chronic headaches
- Facial pain
- Muscle tenderness
If you have noticed any of these signs, call 973-298-5893. Our dental team is here to help.
The most moderate cases of bruxism can be treated through behavior modification such as tongue exercises and learning how to properly align the tongue, teeth, and lips. Patients with mild to moderate bruxism often benefit from oral appliances. Oral appliances act like mouth guards and prevent teeth from clenching or grinding together. They also take the pressure off of the jaw and allow teeth to properly align. After receiving treatment with oral appliances, some patients may need restorative treatment if teeth have been worn down or damaged due to bruxism. Patients can receive other restorative solutions such as dental crowns to protect teeth from further wear and tear.
Request a Consultation
Contact our office at 973-298-5893 or schedule an appointment with us on our website. Dr. Goldberg is a dentist in Succasunna, NJ that is dedicated to assisting patients with chronic dental problems.