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Teeth Grinding Charlotte, NC

Do you often catch yourself clenching or grinding your teeth? You may have bruxism, a dental condition characterized by those two conditions. Bruxism may be caused by crooked teeth, a misaligned bite, or stress and anxiety. Many people may not realize they are grinding their teeth because bruxism often occurs unconsciously during sleep or in stressful situations.

Teeth grinding treatment in Charlotte North Carolina

Signs of Bruxism

There are multiple common symptoms that accompany chronic teeth grinding and clenching:

  • Worn teeth
  • Jaw pain
  • Teeth clenching
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Chronic headaches
  • Facial pain
  • Muscle tenderness
  • Lockjaw
  • Fractured teeth
  • Loose teeth

There are short and long-term health consequences of untreated bruxism. Irritated nerves and facial pain may be short-term consequences. Tooth enamel can become weaker over time with increased tension and can become damaged or worn down. Clenching or grinding teeth increases pressure on teeth as well, and its pressure 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. If left untreated, bruxism can cause severe damage to teeth, jaw muscles, and joints.

Treating Bruxism

The most moderate cases of bruxism can be treated through behavior modification. Tongue exercises and learning how to properly align the tongue, teeth, and lips can be helpful in treating this condition. The Stewart Dental Group offers treatment with oral appliances for patients with mild to moderate bruxism. Oral appliances act like mouthguards and prevent teeth from 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, they can receive dental crowns to protect teeth from further wear and tear.

Stop Teeth Grinding Today

Do you want to stop chronic teeth clenching and grinding? Call the Stewart Dental Group for comprehensive treatment at 704-255-4256. You can also schedule an appointment with us online today. Our professional team will work with you to stop your bruxism and treat any tooth damage.