Stop Teeth Grinding in its Tracks: Expert Treatment in Chester Springs
Many people have a common problem called teeth grinding, which is also known as bruxism. When left untreated, it can lead to serious dental and overall health issues, including damaged teeth, jaw disorders, headaches, and more. If you’re dealing with teeth grinding or related TMJ disorders, Dr. Makani at Eagle Family Smiles in Chester Springs, PA, can help.
Dr. Makani has extensive training in the diagnosis and treatment of teeth-grinding disorders and TMJ dysfunction, making him the ideal dentist to treat your teeth-grinding issues. During a comprehensive exam, he will look for signs and symptoms of bruxism, such as worn, chipped, or flat teeth, abraded enamel, jaw pain, earaches, headaches, facial pain, and cuts or sores on the inside cheek.
Stress is a significant factor that contributes to teeth grinding. Dr. Makani recommends lifestyle changes and relaxation techniques to reduce or stop teeth grinding, but professional treatment may be necessary to repair damage caused by bruxism and correct the underlying issues. He offers several effective treatments to help stop teeth grinding, including bite guards, bite alignment therapy, and cosmetic dentistry to repair any damage caused by chronic teeth grinding.
We may recommend a customized, removable bite guard to prevent teeth grinding. Similar to a sports mouthguard, a bite guard fits over your teeth and prevents grinding. Most bite guards are worn at night, but some patients may need to wear them during high-stress situations.
As one of the most experienced TMJ dentists in Chester Springs, we offer a broad range of services to correct the causes of teeth grinding. When your teeth are not properly aligned, it can cause a problem called malocclusion. This means that your teeth don’t fit together correctly. And one of the things that can happen when you have malocclusion is that you might start grinding your teeth. We can correct teeth alignment issues using invisible braces such as Invisalign®, dental crowns, porcelain veneers, or dental implants.
Chronic teeth grinding can cause significant damage to your teeth, leaving them worn, chipped, or broken. Once the underlying causes of bruxism have been addressed, Dr. Makani will focus on repairing any damage using dental crowns, porcelain veneers, or cosmetic bonding.
If you or someone you love is suffering from teeth grinding or related TMJ disorders, schedule a consultation with our dentists at Eagle Family Smiles in Chester Springs, PA. You will get a thorough evaluation to determine the root cause of your bruxism and provide you with effective treatment options to help you achieve much-needed relief.
Bruxism is the medical term used to describe teeth grinding or clenching. At Dr. Makani’s office, our team of dental professionals is trained to diagnose and treat bruxism using various dental treatments. One of the treatments we often use is a bite guard. It’s like a special mouthguard used in sports, but it’s custom-made for you and can be taken off. The bite guard is placed over your teeth to stop you from grinding them together. We may also offer bite alignment therapy, cosmetic dentistry to repair the damage, and treatment for sleep apnea if necessary.
Yes we provide emergency dental care to patients suffering from severe bruxism symptoms, such as jaw pain or tightness in the jaw muscles, earache, headache, facial pain, or cuts or sores on the inside cheek. We understand that these symptoms can be very uncomfortable, and we want to make sure our patients receive the care they need as quickly as possible.
Sometimes, when you sleep, you might grind your teeth. This can happen because of a sleep disorder called sleep apnea. Sleep apnea makes you stop breathing for short periods while you’re asleep. When a person stops breathing, it may release stress hormones that may cause a person to tense up and grind their teeth together. If you suspect your teeth grinding may be linked to a more serious condition like sleep apnea, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Makani for a comprehensive exam and consultation.
Teeth grinding is common in children, and most children will outgrow it. However, if you notice your child still grinding by the time their adult teeth come in, you may need to address other causes such as stress, anxiety, hyperactivity, and possibly look into aligning their teeth. Our team of dental professionals can provide you with guidance on how to prevent or manage your child’s teeth grinding.