Teeth grinding. also known as bruxism, is a common dental concern that is often the symptom of a more complex problem such as a TMJ disorder. Unfortunately, many patients do not realize they are grinding their teeth (or clenching their jaw) until they begin to experience painful symptoms and tooth damage. Memphis dentist Dr. Elizabeth Lee is one of the most highly trained in the area, providing comprehensive care for complex dental concerns such as TMJ disorders.
During routine visits and consultations, Dr. Lee looks for the signs of teeth grinding. These 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.
Teeth Grinding Treatment Options
Dr. Lee has advanced training, as a Dawson Academy alumni, in the diagnosis and treatment of TMJ disorders and related symptoms. Using occlusal analysis and effective treatment provided on an individualized basis, she can help you to restore a comfortable and functional bite.
Treatment options for bruxism can include:
- Mouthguard or night guard: 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. Lee may need to use a restorative dental procedure to adjust the surfaces or repair damage.
- Orthodontics: Dr. Lee is a Memphis Six Month Smiles provider and may recommend treatment with orthodontics to address crooked teeth and align the bite.
Schedule An Appointment
If you are concerned that you may be grinding your teeth or have an uncomfortable bite, schedule a visit with Dr. Lee in our Memphis dentist office. We welcome new patients and can help you address tooth damage, an uneven bite and other effects of a TMJ disorder. Contact us at (901) 432-2761 or request an appointment online.