Bruxism is often referred to as “teeth grinding” and affects millions of people. Teeth grinding is an unconscious neuromuscular activity that most people do not realize they are doing. They grind their teeth in their sleep or even unconsciously while they are awake. Approximately 10-15% of Americans moderately to severely grind their teeth. Dr. Ed Lazer can easily diagnose teeth grinding through a simple visual examination at his Owings Mills, MD dentist office.
Causes of Teeth Grinding
Teeth grinding is most commonly caused by stress. Stress can either be from environmental sources and/or stress in the occlusal system. When the teeth, jaw joints and muscles aren’t working in harmony, it creates tension which leads to facial pain, headaches, teeth grinding and other problems. Other reasons people may grind their teeth include:
- Sleep disorders
- Abnormal bite
- Missing or misaligned teeth
- Parkinson’s or Huntington’s disease
- May be associated with alcohol or tobacco use
Since most people grind their teeth while sleeping, they may now know the damage they are causing. Teeth grinding can lead to many dental complications and side effects including:
- A broken dental filling or dental crown
- Loose teeth
- Sore or painful teeth
- Worn down teeth
- Chipped, cracked, or fractured teeth
- Pain in the jaw or face
Treatment for Teeth Grinding
There are a number of treatment options for people affected by teeth grinding. The most important step in treatment is to stop the teeth grinding. Dr. Lazer recommends a night guard or mouth guard for grinding teeth. These oral appliances are custom made from impressions of your teeth. They provide cushioning for the teeth to keep them from grinding against each other. A nite guard or mouth guard will prevent your teeth from wearing down and reduce the strain on your jaw. Even though they are more expensive than over the counter mouthguards, custom made mouthguards from a dentist are made to specifically fit the patient’s teeth and jaw. They are also made from a thicker material making them more durable.
Once the teeth grinding is under control, then Dr. Lazer will recommend treatment to correct the source of the problem. He will treat missing or misaligned teeth at his Owings Mills, MD dentist office. It is important that the patient takes the necessary steps to reduce stress and anxiety in their life to reduce the occurrences of teeth grinding.
Finally, Dr. Lazer will repair any teeth that have been damaged by teeth grinding. Chronic teeth grinding can leave teeth worn, chipped or broken and even affect the health of the gums. If severe dental problems are left untreated due to the grinding, the teeth may not be able to be saved and will require extraction. He offers many restorative procedures such as:
Schedule A Consultation
If you are looking for a dentist that treats teeth grinding in Baltimore and Owings Mills, MD, contact Dr. Lazer with Cosmetic & Advanced Dentistry. We gladly welcomes new patients and out of town patients. Call us at (410) 697-6290 or request an appointment online today.