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Does Tooth Grinding Cause Worn Teeth?

tooth grindingDo you have teeth that are worn, flat, or dull? Do you have a tooth or dental crown that keeps breaking over and over? Dr. Gianni Franceschi is a Trinity, FL family dentist who can treat the underlying cause of worn teeth, which is often due to tooth grinding. Learn more about how to stop grinding your teeth and lessen its effects on your smile.

What Causes Worn Teeth?

In many cases, a patient who has worn or broken teeth has an underlying occlusal problem. Malocclusion is instability in the oral system caused by misalignment of the teeth, the TMJ, or a combination of the two.

Dr. Franceschi is qualified and experienced to treat problems evolving from teeth grinding, chronic tooth wear, and occlusal instability. If you have a tooth or multiple teeth that break continuously, despite repeated treatment, Dr. Franceschi will complete an examination to look for the underlying source of the problem.

Bite problems or TMJ disorders are often treated with a combination of procedures to reshape the teeth and bring them into proper contact with one another.

How Do I Know If I Grind My Teeth?

Millions of people clench their jaw or grind their teeth during sleep without even being aware of it. It is also common for athletes when they are engaged in intense play. For many, it’s a natural reaction to the onset of stress, but it can be the result of a bite imbalance.

Teeth grinding is also called bruxism, and it is important to treat to prevent damage to the teeth and gums, including bone loss.

With a thorough examination and health history evaluation, we can identify the root cause of bruxism. This enables us to recommend a plan of treatment that can provide comfortable, lasting results and restore oral health. Common bruxism symptoms include:

  • Frequent headaches
  • Earaches and neck pain
  • Jaw pain and tenderness
  • Worn chipped, or flat looking teeth
  • Locked jaw

There are a variety of ways to treat teeth grinding, depending on the status of dental health and the cause. The most common is a custom mouthguard to be worn at night or during stressful situations which will prevent teeth grinding and jaw clenching and reduce or eliminate the associated symptoms.

Dr. Franceschi may recommend restorative procedures such as dental crowns, tooth bonding, or orthodontics to realign the bite if necessary. This also repairs damage from bruxism that can compromise the integrity of all your teeth.

Worn Teeth Treatment in Trinity, FL

Call Smiles of Trinity Family Dentistry at 727.376.6969 to schedule a dental care exam and consultation to find the best worn teeth solutions for your smile.