Causes of, and Treatments for Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)

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If you have noticed that your teeth are loose, chipped, or even looking flattened; if your tooth enamel has been wearing off; or you are experiencing headaches or pain in your jaw, it may be time for you to meet with Dr. Napieralski, Dr. Wisniewski, and Dr. Shayota at Chelsea Family Dentistry for an exam to see if you have been grinding your teeth.

Teeth grinding, or bruxism may be an unconscious reaction to stress. Or, it could be happening while you are asleep. Usually there are no serious risks involved, and in children, teeth-grinding usually goes away as they get older. However, severe cases can lead to damage to your teeth or your dental work, headaches, pain in your face and jaw, and problems with the joints located in front of your ears. Bruxism has many causes, such as stress or your personality type. Medications, and even alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine use may also contribute to bruxism. It might even run in your family.

Our dentists may prescribe the use of a mouth guard or a splint. The guard will be fitted to your upper or lower teeth. If your teeth have been damaged because of bruxism, the doctors might need to repair the damage with a crown, or reshape your teeth. If you have noticed it in your child, you should mention it to Dr. Napieralski, Dr. Wisniewski, and Dr. Shayota at your child’s next appointment. Our dentists may also suggest other changes you can make in your life to help with the problem.

If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms above, and live in the Chelsea, Michigan, area, call Chelsea Family Dentistry at 734-475-8500 to schedule an appointment with us today.