New Methods to Treat Teeth Grinding (Bruxism) and Clenching

Image of a young female lying in bed suffering from teeth grinding, also known as Bruxism, Charlotte, NC

Without even being aware of it, many people suffer from chronic teeth grinding and clenching called bruxism. The constant grinding and clenching of the teeth can have a negative effect on your smile and your health. At the Charlotte Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Patrick Broome utilizes the most advanced techniques in order to treat patients with severe grinding and clenching problems.

Symptoms of Teeth Grinding and Clenching

Because many people grind and clench their teeth at night, they may not be aware that they are doing it unless pointed out by a partner of if they experience symptoms. Continuous teeth grinding can cause serious damage to the teeth over time, as they can wear down dental fillings and the outer layer of tooth enamel. In some severe cases, teeth have been cracked due to excessive grinding and clenching. Teeth grinding and clenching can also cause pain in the jaw and face. National Institute of Health has done extensive research to get you more information about Bruxism that you can read here. For those experiencing teeth grinding and clenching symptoms in Charlotte, it is important to see Dr. Broome in order to treat the condition before it worsens.

Treatments for Teeth Grinding and Clenching

At the Charlotte Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Broome meets with each patient to discuss the best treatment option in order to achieve the most ideal results. For most patients, Dr. Broome will recommend a combination treatment in order to comprehensively treat teeth grinding and clenching. The first part of the treatment is to give the patient a Night Guard that will protect the teeth while the patient is sleeping. The Night Guard prevents the teeth from becoming damaged even further overnight and minimizes pain and discomfort.

The second part of the treatment targets the cause of the teeth grinding and clenching, which is overactive jaw muscles. When the jaw muscles constantly contract, it causes our jaw to clench and our teeth to grind together. To address this problem, Dr. Broome can use Botox injections as an innovative way to relax the jaw muscles to reduce movement and unwanted muscle contractions. Some patients experiencing grinding and clenching problems have larger jaw muscles due to the constant “exercise” the muscle is receiving. Botox can also help reduce the size and appearance of the overdeveloped muscle to create a more balanced aesthetic.

Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Broome Today!

If you are suffering from the constant pain and discomfort of persistent teeth grinding and clenching, contact the Charlotte Center for Cosmetic Dentistry to find out how Dr. Broome can use the most state-of-the-art dental procedures in order to treat your condition. Restore the function and beauty of your smile by calling to schedule a consultation in Charlotte at (704) 364-4711 today!