Most individuals are unaware that they grind or clench their teeth. It most often occurs during sleep and can sometimes be heard by one’s bed partner. This habit is so ingrained that often a person unknowingly grinds and clenches during the daytime too.
Teeth grinding and clenching is a harmful habit that can cause fractured and chipped teeth, tooth sensitivity, pain around the ears, jaw pain, tight jaw muscles, TMJ/TMD, headaches and can even change the appearance of your face.
Stress, antidepressants and sleep apnea among many things can exacerbate and/or cause tooth grinding.
These patients often come to our office seeking cosmetic dentistry in order to correct short, broken or chipped teeth. Others come in due to pain.
Mouth guards, dental sleep appliances and stress management are among the many therapies we employ to help these individuals.
If you suffer from bruxism or the chips, broken teeth and pain as a result of it, please call our office, at 516-378-8600. Dr. Levy is a cosmetic dentist who has years of experience helping patients who suffer from this condition.