Many patients are not aware that they grind or clench their teeth until Dr. Clement Monroe or Dr. Kamron Monroe notice the signs during a routine preventive care visit to their Pinehurst dentist office.
Known as brusixm, teeth grinding can lead to more complex dental problems, headaches and is often the sign of a bite disorder such as TMJ. Diagnosing and treating the root cause of teeth grinding is the goal of Drs. Monroe and an important part of providing lasting, comfortable dentistry.
Signs and Symptoms of Tooth Grinding
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 Options for Bruxism
Dr. Clement or Dr. Kamron Monroe will perform a thorough exam and discuss any symptoms you may be experiencing to determine the condition of your oral health and recommend an effective treatment plan.
- 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, Drs. Monroe may suggest orthodontic treatment to reposition teeth and allow them to fit harmoniously, thus preventing grinding and clenching.
- Bite Equilibration: bite correction therapy involves 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. Drs. Monroe offer restorative dentistry procedures to bring teeth back to optimal health and esthetics. Restorative dental treatments include dental crowns, porcelain veneers, and/or cosmetic dentistry.