How can a dentist tell I grind my teeth?
Bruxism, or teeth grinding, is an involuntary activity that is controlled by your brain. Teeth grinding most often occurs during sleep, so even if you’re grinding your teeth during the night, it may not be noticeable to either one of you. Also, not everyone who grinds their teeth experiences painful symptoms, so you can still grind your teeth and not feel any discomfort.
Detecting Teeth Grinding
It’s easy for us to detect signs of teeth grinding during one of your routine dental exams. Dr. Sung will check your dentition (different characteristics of your teeth) and look for chips, minor cracks, or any signs of unusual wear on the chewing surfaces of your teeth. Teeth grinding may be caused by excess stress, a misaligned dental bite or even temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).
Treatment for Teeth Grinding
A thorough exam with Dr. Sung is the best way to evaluate your situation and pinpoint the underlying cause for your grinding and clenching. We will work with you to diagnose the problem and recommend the most appropriate, cost-effective, and conservative treatment. In many cases, we can customize a simple appliance called an occlusal splint that will prevent your teeth from coming into contact with each other during sleep.
Please give us a call if you think you may be grinding your teeth. We’ll be happy to arrange a consultation with Dr. Sung so you can discuss your concerns.