Do you clench or grind your teeth when stressed?
Bruxism is a condition defined by teeth clenching and grinding. Teeth grinding has become one of our dental office’s most common dental concerns. Many patients may not even know they have bruxism, as it can occur unconsciously during sleep. Dr. Ben Ahlbrecht and his team treat patients with teeth clenching and grinding in Indianapolis, IN.
They work with patients to find the best solution that fits their particular needs. Know the signs of bruxism and learn how we treat the condition below.
Common Signs of Teeth Grinding & Bruxism
This dental concern often appears through these multiple symptoms:
- Jaw pain
- Worn teeth
- Muscle tenderness
- Chronic facial pain
- Increased tooth sensitivity
Have you noticed any of these signs? Call our office at 317.204.7134. Some risk factors for developing bruxism include crooked, misaligned teeth and TMJ disorders. It is important to treat bruxism early before teeth are severely damaged. Teeth may crack due to the pressure that is exerted when clenching and grinding teeth.
How To Treat Teeth Grinding & Bruxism
Prior to treatment, Dr. Ahlbrecht will assess your teeth to take note of any sites of damage. He offers oral appliance therapy that utilizes night guards, or other oral appliances, that are custom-made for each patient. These night guards can be worn at night or during stressful situations to prevent tooth damage. They take the pressure off of the jaw and relieve the pain caused by bruxism.
Some patients may need restorative or cosmetic solutions following night guard treatment. Crooked teeth can be treated with Invisalign and restorative dental treatments. Dental crowns and dental implants may be utilized for patients with severe tooth damage or loss. Other more minor treatments used in tandem with oral appliances include ice packs, anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety medications, and jaw stretching exercises.
Teeth Grinding FAQs
Does grinding ruin your teeth?
Grinding does cause damage to your teeth and, if left unaddressed, can cause extensive tooth wear. It may cause headaches, jaw pain, TMJ issues, and bite problems. As you grind your teeth their enamel is damaged and deteriorates, which may lead to cracks, chipping, and future loss of the tooth.
What vitamin deficiency causes teeth grinding?
Having a vitamin deficiency may be the cause of your teeth grinding. Calcium and magnesium deficiencies have been linked to teeth grinding. Patients may increase their intake of these vitamins or take supplements to alleviate their grinding.
Does coffee cause teeth grinding?
Too much caffeine intake may be linked to teeth grinding. Coffee is high in caffeine stimulating the body. Drinking too much coffee, or drinking coffee after 3pm may cause teeth grinding due to the overstimulation.
Can you naturally stop teeth grinding?
Eating foods high in magnesium such as almonds, spinach, bananas, fish, and peanut butter. Magnesium helps to relax muscle tissues to prevent grinding.
How can I relax my jaw at night?
A great way to relax your jaw is to hold a warm washcloth against your cheek. Putting your tongue in between your teeth also helps to relax jaw muscles.
Stop Jaw Pain Today at North Meridian Dental Excellence
Address your bruxism at the source with comprehensive professional treatment. Call our dentist in Indianapolis, IN, at 317.204.7134. You can also request an appointment with one of our dentists. We are dedicated to performing high-quality dental care of the highest standard. Feel free to ask any further questions you may have about our services to a member of our staff. They will be happy to answer them for you.