Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is a dental condition that often occurs during sleep. When a patient grinds their teeth, it can lead to tooth damage, worn teeth, and tooth sensitivity. In order to treat teeth grinding, it is imperative that patients visit a trusted dentist to uncover the underlying cause of their condition. By addressing the root of the problem, patients are able to get a more personalized and detailed treatment to alleviate their symptoms and restore health, balance, and beauty to their natural teeth.
Trinity, FL dentist Dr. Gianni Franceschi, DDS, FICOI offers a full range of treatment options for patients with bruxism. If you have noticed any changes in your dental health, we encourage you to visit Smiles of Trinity Family Dentistry for the treatment you need.
Common Signs of Teeth Grinding
- Facial pain
- Jaw pain
- Tooth sensitivity
- Pain or stiffness in the jaw joint
- Worn teeth
- Broken, chipped, or fractured teeth
Because bruxism often occurs while you sleep, many patients don’t realize they grind their teeth until they visit the dentist. Routine visits to our Trinity dentist office can help you get the care you need and get one step closer to a healthier smile.
What Causes Bruxism?
While there isn’t a singular cause for bruxism, there are certain physical, psychological, and genetic factors that can contribute to its development. Some of the most common contributing factors or causes of teeth grinding include:
- Poor sleeping habits
- Sleep apnea
- Level of stress
- Misaligned teeth
- Certain medications
In advanced cases of bruxism, patients may experience tension headaches, damage to their restoration, or TMJ pain.
Treatment For Teeth Grinding
In order to diagnose teeth grinding, a physical exam is needed. Dr. Franceschi, DDS, FICOI will thoroughly examine your teeth, mouth, and jaw as well as discuss any changes in your dental health. With the results from the physical exam, we can build a custom treatment plan that is designed to prevent further grinding and address any damage to the teeth and jaw.
The type of treatment you receive will depend on the underlying cause of bruxism and the extent of damage to your teeth and jaw.
Schedule A Consultation
New Port Richey dentist Dr. Gianni Franceschi, DDS, FICOI is a highly skilled dentist who is committed to helping our patients achieve a healthier smile. If you are experiencing signs of teeth grinding, or you have not visited the dentist recently, visit Smiles of Trinity Family Dentistry for the dental care you need. If you would like to schedule an appointment, call 727.376.6969 or request an appointment online.