Millions of people are affected by bruxism, or teeth grinding. Bruxism is a condition in which you clench or grind teeth. Most people grind their teeth at night and as a result, may not realize that they have a problem. Instead, they may notice that they have headaches, sore jaws, or worn teeth.

Teeth Grinding: Signs & Symptoms

Few clinicians are trained to properly identify, diagnose and treat temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD). Dr. Nguyen has post-graduate training and experience in the diagnosis and treatment of TMD, to bring patients in Chantilly, VA the highest level of dental care.

Common signs include:

  • Worn, flat or chipped teeth
  • Abraded tooth enamel
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Jaw pain or tightness in the jaw muscles
  • Earache
  • Headache
  • Facial pain
  • Cuts or sores on the inside cheek

Treatment to Stop Teeth Grinding

When left untreated, bruxism can cause significant damage to teeth and contribute to painful symptoms like headaches and jaw pain. Stress is one of the primary causes for teeth grinding. Lifestyle changes and relaxation techniques may help to reduce or stop your teeth grinding. In many cases, though, professional treatment is needed to correct the source of the problem and repair damage caused teeth grinding.

Bite Guard
Dr. Nguyen frequently recommends a teeth grinding mouth guard, or bite guard, to stop teeth grinding. A bite guard is a customized, removable appliance similar to a sports mouth guard that is made to fit over your teeth and prevent teeth grinding. Most bite guards are worn at night, however some patients find wear their teeth grinding mouth guards during high stress situations.

Bite Alignment Therapy
Dr. Nguyen provides a comprehensive and broad range of services to correct the causes of teeth grinding. Malocclusion, or improper alignment of the teeth, is one cause for teeth grinding. Teeth can be corrected to proper alignment through the use of invisible braces, dental crowns, dental veneers or dental implants.

Cosmetic Dentistry to Repair Damage
Once the teeth grinding causes have been successfully treated, the dentist will focus on repairing damage caused by teeth grinding. Chronic teeth grinding can leave teeth worn, chipped or broken, even leading to tooth loss. Dr. Nguyen may repair teeth using dental crowns, porcelain veneers or cosmetic bonding.

Schedule an Appointment to Stop Teeth Grinding

If you or someone you love is suffering from teeth grinding, schedule a consultation with Dr. Nguyen at Paradise Smiles of Chantilly. A simple bite analysis and consultation can reveal whether or not your teeth grinding is caused by TMJ dysfunction and you can be well on your way to much needed relief.