Teeth grinding most commonly occurs while a patient is sleeping and may go undiagnosed for many years. Patients who grind their teeth often experience chronic pain symptoms and find little to no relief from medicinal remedies.
What is bruxism?
Bruxism, or teeth grinding, occurs when the lower and upper jaw grind together causing friction and potential damage to the teeth and jaw. Patients commonly grind or clench their teeth more often during times of high stress causing a flare-up in painful symptoms. Overtime habitual teeth grinding wears away at the teeth and can permanently damage the jaw joint.
Signs of Teeth Grinding:
- Excessively worn teeth
- Broken or chipped teeth
- Jaw and facial pain
- Popping or clicking of the jaw
Treating Teeth Grinding
Dr. Kaplan helps patients address the underlying cause of teeth grinding and TMJ disorders through comprehensive analysis and oral appliance therapy. A custom designed appliance, much like a sports mouthguard, is fabricated to fit comfortably in the mouth. The device is worn while a patient is asleep preventing the jaw from grinding together. The appliance is designed to protect the jaw and teeth from further damage. In addition to oral appliance therapy, Dr. Kaplan offers an extensive list of cosmetic and restorative dental treatments that can be used to repair damaged teeth.
Dr. Kaplan provides personalized treatment plans tailored to your unique dental health needs. We provide treatment designed to support long-term function and health of the bite while enhancing the apperance of the natural smile.