Many people grind or clench their teeth during sleep or when feeling stressed unknowingly. It is even common for athletes to do so when playing intensely. For many it is the natural reaction to perceived stress, but it can also be the result of an imbalance in the bite.
Dr. Bard Levey in Croton On Hudson, NY has extensive training in the diagnosis and treatment of teeth grinding, also known as bruxism. Addressing bruxism early is important to avoid eventual damage to the teeth and gums- even tooth loss.
Through thorough examination for the signs of teeth grinding and discussing possible symptoms patients may be experiencing, Dr. Levey takes the time to fully understand your dental health and identify the root cause of bruxism. This enables him to recommend a personalized plan of treatment that can provide comfortable, lasting results and restore your oral health.
Signs and symptoms of teeth grinding
- Frequent headaches
- Earaches and neck pain
- Jaw pain and tenderness
- Worn, chipped or flat looking teeth
- Locked jaw
There are a variety of ways to treat teeth grinding, depending on the status of dental health and the cause. The most common is a custom mouth guard to be worn at night or during stressful situations which will prevent teeth grinding and jaw clenching and reduce or eliminate the associated symptoms. For athletes, wearing a custom sports mouth guard can alleviate stress put on the teeth during play- this has also been shown to improve performance.
Dr. Levey may recommend restorative procedures to realign the bite if necessary, as well as to repair damage from bruxism that can compromise the integrity of the teeth:
- Dental crowns
- Tooth bonding
Dr. Levey and his staff emphasize the importance of maintaining your oral health, including keeping the natural teeth for as long as possible. Treating bruxism will relieve symptoms that can affect daily life and restore your dental health! Call today (914) 271-6224.