Teeth Grinding

Have you ever woken up in the morning with jaw pain, headache, or have teeth that are painful? This might be due to grinding your teeth in your sleep. Teeth grinding, also known as Bruxism, is usually a disorder that is caused by stress which inhibits a person to grind their teeth while they are sleeping. Our team will work with you to understand what may be causing the teeth grinding. Teeth grinding can be a cause of bigger health problems, we will help create a solution.

What are the Causes of Teeth Grinding?

  • Genetics – Teeth grinding is more likely to occur when someone in your family has a history of it.
  • Stress – Stress can cause you to start clenching your jaw or grinding your teeth
  • Medications – Some medications may have side effects that cause you to start grinding your teeth
  • Age – Teeth grinding is more popular in children, but they usually outgrow it.
  • Recreational Substances – Smoking tobacco, drinking alcohol, and consuming caffeine can be a cause of teeth grinding.

What Are the Symptoms of Teeth Grinding?

  • Flattened, fractured, or chipped teeth.
  • Teeth that are loose
  • Increased tooth sensitivity
  • Tight jaw muscles, or locked jaw.
  • Facial soreness
  • Dull headache
  • Damaged inner cheek
  • Sleep disruption

These are the main causes of bruxism, but there could be other causes related to sleep disorders (Obstructive Sleep Apnea-OSA) or health disorders as well. By talking with Dr. Evans, we will listen and understand your concerns, so we can help to find the root cause.

How Can It Be Treated?

If you have any of the symptoms listed, it is best to talk with Dr. Evans by scheduling an evaluation. Dr. Evans will look at your teeth and jaw to see what the cause of the bruxism is. A treatment plan will be laid out by Dr. Evans

Treatments:

  • Dental Splints or Mouth Guards – These are designed to help keep the jaw and teeth separated in order to prevent the grinding from happening. They can be constructed after taking a mold of your teeth.
  • Dental Correction – If the tooth wear has affected your ability to chew properly then Dr. Evans may need to use crowns, fillings, or reshaping techniques to help restore the tooth.
  • Stress management – To prevent teeth grinding, stress management techniques may be utilized.
  • Behavioral Changes – Some lifestyle changes may be needed in order to help the bruxism subside.

Learn More About Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)

If you need professional care to help in stopping the teeth grinding, then connect with Wager Evans Dental. Click here to request an appointment or call our office today at (775) 829-7700. Located in Reno, NV, we proudly welcome residents from South Meadows, Double Diamond, Caughlin Ranch, Donner Springs, Meadowood, Sommersett, Arrowcreek, and all surrounding communities.

I’ve been going to Wager Evans Dental for years now and have only great things to say about Dr. Evans and all the wonderful people who work there. They always clearly explain what to expect and why we’re doing it. Not only do they provide dental services but also education and tools for home at the same time. My dental health has improved as a result. Thanks so much to everyone at Wager Evans Dental!

-Neil B.