Diagnosis of Bruxism
While our teeth are meant to withstand incredible amounts of pressure, the constant pressure created by grinding and clenching your teeth can slowly destroy your tooth structure. Indicators that treatment for Bruxism may be needed include:
- Change in bite
- Grinding or clenching teeth
- Tightness in the jaw
- Excessive wear and tear
- Tooth sensitivity to heat, cold, or sweets
The bite can be checked through a number of techniques. One of the most common techniques and tools used for diagnosis is the use of a marking film placed between the teeth while biting and moving the teeth as directed in order to understand how the teeth relate to one another during various common movements. The resulting variations in markings indicate the precise places where the force is too great.
Treatment of Bruxism
In many cases, treating bruxism requires identifying and addressing the underlying causes of the condition, like correcting crooked teeth with Invisalign® treatment or undergoing stress-relief therapy. We can also recommend a custom-made dental appliance, or mouthguard, to protect your teeth from grinding together as you sleep at night. If one or more of your teeth have already suffered damage, then your treatment may also include restorative treatment, such as capping a damaged tooth with a dental crown.