Bruxism, or teeth grinding, effects millions of patients. Usually occurring during sleep, bruxism often can often go undiagnosed. Left untreated chronic teeth grinding can damage the jaw and teeth and cause chronic, sometimes debilitating headaches and facial pain. Baltimore, MD dentist Dr. Byron Desbordes provides treatment for teeth grinding and clenching to prevent damage to your oral health.
Symptoms of Teeth Grinding
- Worn teeth
- Broken or chipped teeth
- Persistent sensitive teeth
- Pain or tightness in the jaw joints or jaw muscles
- Chronic headaches
- Earache and/or facial pain
- Damaged tissue on the inside of your cheek
What Causes Teeth Grinding
Teeth grinding is commonly a symptom of stress related issues. Patients frequently grind their teeth during sleep or clench their jaw in times of high pressure or stress. Teeth grinding may also be caused by a misalignment of the teeth or bite or TMD.
Treatment for Teeth Grinding
Dr. Desbordes has undergone extensive training for bite alignment through The Spear and Dawson academy. Dr. Desbordes provides personalized treatment planning for patients suffering from the side effects of teeth grinding. Through restorative procedures and TMJ treatment, Dr. Desbordes can bring stability to the bite and prevent further damage to the teeth and jaw.
Dr. Desbordes uses a combination of behavioral therapy and oral sleep appliances to keep the jaw in alignment and protect the teeth during sleep. Many patients find that oral sleep appliances begin to relieve their jaw and facial pain almost immediately after they begin to use it. Worn at night, the sleep device is much like a sports mouthguard. The device pushes the lower jaw forward to keep the teeth from grinding.