Tooth Grinding

Teeth grinding. also known as bruxism, is a common dental concern and often the symptom of a more complex problem such as a TMJ disorder. Unfortunately, many patients do not realize they are grinding their teeth (or clenching their jaw) until they come in for a visit with Dr. Schwartz or begin to experience painful symptoms and tooth damage.

Dr. Schwartz looks for the signs of teeth grinding during your routine dental care. These can include worn and damaged teeth or irritation of the soft tissues inside the mouth. Teeth grinding can cause teeth to crack, chip or loosen as they are repeatedly stressed. Over time, teeth grinding can even lead to tooth loss.

Treatment For Teeth Grinding

Dr. Schwartz can help you to stop tooth grinding and restore your dental health through analysis and effective treatment provided on an individualized basis. Using TekScan, Dr. Schwartz can digitally analyze the biting forces on each individual tooth to determine possible imbalances that should be addressed with appropriate treatment.

Treatment options can include:

  • Mouthguard or night guard: for many patients, conservative treatment with a custom mouthguard can prevent teeth grinding by positioning the jaw correctly. This appliance can also be worn when feeling stressed, as this is a common trigger for jaw clenching and teeth grinding.
  • Restorative dentistry: if the teeth are not making proper contact when biting, Dr. Schwartz may need to use a restorative dental procedure to adjust the surfaces or repair damage.
  • Orthodontics: Dr. Schwartz is an Invisalign and Clear Correct provider and may recommend treatment with orthodontics to address crooked teeth and align the bite.

Schedule an appointment

Looking for a general, cosmetic or restorative dentist in Northern Westchester County, NY? Dr. Schwartz welcomes new patients from many Westchester County communities, offering affordable dental care in Cortlandt, Ossining, Peekskill, Crotonville, and Croton on Hudson. We offer personalized, one on one dental care that is focused on your needs and goals. Call our office at (914) 271-6224 or use our online request form and we will contact you shortly.

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