Teeth grinding is a habit that often occurs while asleep and can contribute to complex bite problem such as a TMJ disorder. Teeth grinding commonly goes undiagnosed because many patients do not realize they are grinding their teeth until subsequent symptoms begin to develop.
During routine dental exams, Dr. Sareen scans patients for the common signs of teeth grinding. Teeth grinding can cause teeth to become worn down or damaged and can eventually lead to teeth becoming loose or falling out. Diagnosing teeth grinding early can prevent damage from occurring to the teeth and gums.
Common Signs You May Be Grinding Your Teeth
Knowing the signs of teeth grinding could help you find the treatment you need to relieve painful symptoms. If you notice any changes in your oral health be sure to tell Dr. Sareen at your next dental exam.
Sings of Teeth Grinding Include:
- Frequent headaches
- TMJ and jaw pain
- Tension in your neck or upper back
- Excessively worn teeth
- Broken or chipped teeth
Treatment for Bruxism Fairfax, VA
Dr. Sareen offers treatment options to stop teeth grinding and prevent further deterioration of a patient’s oral health. Treating bruxism can prevent worn teeth, TMJ, and even tooth loss.
- Mouthguard or night guard: For most patients wearing a custom fit mouthguard while sleeping can prevent the teeth from grinding while asleep. Night guards are designed to reposition the jaw for a more comfortable
- Restorative dentistry: if the teeth are not making proper contact when biting, we may recommend an appropriate restorative dental procedure to adjust the surfaces or repair damage.
- Invisalign: Dr. Sareen is a Fairfax VA preferred Invisalign® provider. Invisalign can be used to correct malocclusion for a more comfortable and healthy bite.
Areas We Serve
If you grind your teeth or suffer from chronic jaw pain, contact our Fairfax, VA dentist office to learn more about how comprehensive dentistry can help you stop bruxism and manage your discomfort. We welcome new patients from communities around Fairfax, Centreville, Chantilly and Reston, VA. To request a consultation, call our office at (703) 291-0198 or request an appointment online.