Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is a common dental problem that may signal a TMJ disorder. Many patients do not realize they are grinding their teeth (or clenching their jaw) until they come in for a visit with Dr. Mojgan Mazhari or begin to experience painful symptoms and tooth damage.
Dr. Mazhari has advanced training from the Las Vegas Institute in the diagnosis and treatment of complex dental problems associated with the bite, or occlusion. She uses advanced technology to perform a comprehensive evaluation of your occlusion during routine dental visits, looking for the signs of teeth grinding. These signs can include worn and damaged teeth or irritation of the soft tissues inside the mouth. Teeth grinding can cause teeth to crack, chip, or loosen as they are repeatedly stressed. Over time, teeth grinding can even lead to tooth loss.
Advanced Diagnostics, Comprehensive Treatment
The key to a lasting result and a comfortable, stable bite is an evaluation of your overall oral health and lifestyle habits alongside an accurate diagnosis of the underlying dysfunction or imbalance in the bite that is leading to teeth grinding. In some cases, daily stress is the root cause and taking appropriate steps to adjust your lifestyle can address the problem.
Dr. Mazhari uses the k-7 Evaluation System to thoroughly evaluate the function of your jaw joint, muscles, and the surrounding tissue. Using electromyography and joint sonography, she can pinpoint with great accuracy where a problem exists in the function of your jaw joint. Excess stress and tension can be addressed with transcutaneous electrical neuro stimulation (TENS) to allow the muscles to relax and function normally.
Dr. Mazhari uses this technology to restore the natural position of your jaw-the foundation for maintaining a healthy bite and eliminating teeth grinding. A comprehensive approach will offer you lasting dental health. Once your jaw position has been determined, Dr. Mazhari can recommend any additional treatments necessary to maintain a healthy bite. Treatment options can include:
Mouthguard or oral appliance: for many patients, conservative treatment with a custom mouthguard can prevent teeth grinding by positioning the jaw correctly. This appliance can also be worn when feeling stressed, as this is a common trigger for jaw clenching and teeth grinding.
Restorative dentistry: if the teeth are not making proper contact when biting, Dr. Mazhari may recommend a restorative dental procedure to adjust the surfaces or repair tooth damage.
Orthodontics: Dr. Mazhari is an Invisalign and Six Month Smiles provider and may recommend treatment with orthodontics to address crooked teeth and align the bite. Invisalign® or Six Month Smiles can effectively address a range of dental and cosmetic concerns.