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Common Dental Problems

Dental & Oral Problems Caused by Tooth Grinding

Tooth grinding, also call bruxism, is a common dental problem that can cause many issues with dental health. It can cause headaches and issues with jaw muscles, as well as wear teeth down and weaken them. Dr. Ryan Mooney has the needed expertise to help you find a solution to teeth grinding.

Teeth grinding most often occurs while a person is sleeping. In fact, you could be a tooth grinder and be completely unaware of the problem. If you have dull headaches or a sore jaw, especially first thing in the morning, these could be signs of bruxism and other neuromuscular dental problems, like TMD/TMJ. Dr. Mooney can perform an oral/dental exam and look for signs of tooth grinding.

Solutions to Stop Tooth Grinding

For those who grind their teeth in their sleep, a mouth guard may need to be worn at night to protect teeth from wearing on each other. Dr. Mooney can fit your mouth and have a mouthguard that is made to perfectly fit your mouth, so it will feel comfortable and natural to wear.

When tooth grinding has been going on long enough to present problems, Dr. Mooney can also address and fix these. Teeth worn down to stumps may be restored with porcelain crowns. When you come in for a visit, we will evaluate your teeth and dental needs and recommend the tooth restoration procedure that will give you the best results. Contact us today to schedule your tooth grinding consultation!

In the meantime, start noticing if you clench your jaw or grind your teeth during the day. Putting the tip of your tongue between your front teeth will train jaw muscles to relax and stay loose. Chewing on pens, pencils and gum should also be avoided, as these reinforce the jaw’s impulse to chew, grind or clench teeth.

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