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Bruxism Chester Springs PA

Millions of people grind their teeth. Called bruxism, teeth grinding, can lead to serious problems including jaw disorders, headaches, and damaged teeth when left untreated.

Receiving dental services in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, is easy and convenient when you visit Dr. Jason Petkevis Comprehensive Dentistry. Dr. Petkevis is specially trained to treat patients who are dealing with jaw and TMJ issues and other common dental concerns.

Identifying the Signs of Teeth Grinding

Bruxism is best treated by a qualified dentist. Dr. Jason Petkevis has devoted much of his post-graduate training towards the diagnosis and treatment of occlusal disorders including teeth grinding and TMJ dysfunction.

Dr. Petkevis can easily diagnose teeth grinding through a comprehensive exam.

Signs and Symptoms of Teeth Grinding

  • 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

The TMJ, or the temporomandibular joint, is the joint that connects the top and bottom jaws. The TMJ is what causes the mouth to open and close. TMJ is also the term used to describe jaw disorders that keep it from functioning properly. The nerves in the face and neck are also affected when a patient has TMJ, often resulting in frequent headaches or earaches, neck, and facial pain.

Treatment for Teeth Grinding in Chester Springs, PA

Stress is the primary cause of 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 by teeth grinding.

  • Bite Guard – Dr. Petkevis frequently uses a teeth grinding mouthguard, or bite guard, to stop teeth grinding. A bite guard is a customized, removable appliance similar to a sports mouthguard that is made to fit over your teeth and prevent teeth grinding. Most bite guards are worn at night, however, some patients wear their teeth-grinding mouth guards during high-stress situations such as driving.
  • Bite Alignment Therapy – Dr. Petkevis is among the most experienced TMJ dentists in the Philadelphia area, providing a broad range of services to correct the causes of teeth grinding. Malocclusion, or improper alignment of the teeth, is one cause of teeth grinding. Teeth can be corrected to proper alignment through the use of invisible braces, dental crowns, porcelain 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. Dr. Petkevis may repair teeth using dental crowns, porcelain veneers, or cosmetic bonding.

Teeth Grinding FAQs

Should I visit the dentist if I grind my teeth?

Yes! A dentist can help you stop the grinding and repair any damage it causes. If you notice pain in your jaw, mouth, or neck, you should schedule a visit with Dr. Petkevis. He can diagnose a patient with bruxism by visually examining their teeth.

Dr. Petkevis has diagnosed many patients and helped them with their grinding using various dental treatments. A bite guard is the easiest and most convenient way to protect your teeth while you sleep.

Is it normal for my child to grind their teeth?

You may be surprised to learn that many children grind their teeth. Teeth grinding is typically not treated in children since most children will outgrow it. The most common reason children grind their teeth is because they are out of alignment.

However, if you notice your child still grinding by the time their adult teeth come in. You may need to address other causes, such as stress, anxiety, and hyperactivity. You can also look into aligning their teeth.

Is teeth grinding linked to anything more serious?

Your teeth grinding may be caused by sleep apnea, a sleep disorder that causes a person to stop breathing in their sleep periodically. When a person stops breathing, it may release stress hormones that may cause them to tense up and grind their teeth together.

Dr. Petkevis also offers treatment for sleep apnea. He offers custom-made night guards to help open your airway and eliminate sleep apnea symptoms.

How can you prevent tooth damage from teeth grinding?

Wearing a custom nightguard can prevent tooth wear, including chips and cracks in the teeth. The nightguard will provide a layer of acrylic between the upper and lower teeth. This hard material also prevents you from wanting to clench or grind your teeth unconsciously at night.

Can crooked teeth contribute to teeth grinding?

If you have an uneven bite due to crooked teeth, you may clench and grind your teeth. Biting and chewing with your uneven bite can put pressure on your teeth and jaw. This pressure can cause muscle spasms that can trigger tooth grinding while asleep. Sometimes, fixing crooked teeth can lessen instances of teeth grinding.

How can I relax my jaw to stop clenching my teeth?

Relaxation techniques, jaw relaxation exercises, and eating soft foods can help reduce jaw and teeth clenching. Reducing stress before sleep with aromatherapy, yoga, or calming music can help relax the upper body. One common jaw exercise is to place the tip of the tongue in the middle of the roof of the mouth. Then, slowly opening and closing the mouth can help relax the jaw muscles.

Eating softer foods can also relieve tension in the teeth and jaw. Avoiding hard or crunchy foods or cutting foods into more manageable pieces can also relieve stress.

Schedule an Appointment to Stop Teeth Grinding

If you or someone you love suffers from teeth grinding, schedule a consultation with Chester Springs dentist Dr. Jason Petkevis. 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.

Call 610–400–1459 or Schedule an appointment to treat teeth grinding.