Are You Grinding Your Teeth?
Many patients grind their teeth, often without being aware. Teeth grinding may occur during the waking hours, and in times of stress or anxiety. However, teeth grinding typically happens during sleep. Habitual teeth grinding, or bruxism, can contribute to a host of oral and general health concerns. Without proper care, it can lead to problems like broken teeth and fillings, TMJ disorders and chronic bodily pain. Dr. Melody Stampe has experience in treating bruxism, and advanced expertise in managing craniofacial pain. She and our team offer the relief you need when teeth grinding signs and symptoms interfere with your quality of life.
Teeth Grinding Signs and Symptoms
Patients of all ages can experience teeth grinding. If you or a family member may be grinding, we can help! Signs and symptoms of teeth grinding range from mild to severe, and may also indicate the presence or risk of other oral conditions. Contact our team right away if you experience any of the following:
- Sore, stiff or tired jaw
- Popping or clicking in the jaw
- Pain in the jaw, face, neck or shoulders
- Teeth with flattened edges
- Cracks or chips in teeth
- Broken teeth or fillings
- Tooth sensitivity
- Chronic headaches or migraines
- Difficulty opening or closing the mouth
- Earaches or tinnitus (ringing in the ear)
The Importance of Treatment
Living with the symptoms of teeth grinding can be difficult, even debilitating. Fortunately, effective treatments, such as occlusal adjustment and occlusal splint therapy (nightguards), exist to help control and minimize the effects on your mouth and body. Different variations of nightguards can be custom-made to meet your specific needs. Seeking early treatment for teeth grinding is extremely important for protecting your teeth, jaw joints and overall well-being. When evaluating for teeth grinding, Dr. Stampe also looks for potential contributors or causes of the condition. She works closely with you to determine the best course of treatment to protect your health and comfort from the effects of bruxism.Schedule A Consultation