Dr. Irene Theodore in Chicago offers treatment to stop tooth grinding at night and repair teeth damaged by bruxism.

Identifying Signs Of Teeth Grinding

Because teeth grinding normally occurs during sleep, many people don’t realize they have a problem. Instead, they may notice headaches, sore jaw, or worn teeth and wonder why. Other signs of teeth grinding include:
  • Small chips or flat surfaces on the teeth
  • Dull looking teeth, because of worn enamel
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Jaw pain or tightness in the jaw muscles
  • Earaches, headaches or facial pain
  • Cuts or sores on the inside cheek

Treatment for Teeth Grinding

Stress is one of the primary causes for teeth grinding. Lifestyle changes and relaxation techniques may help to reduce or stop your teeth grinding. However, professional treatment is often needed to correct the source of bruxism and repair damage caused by tooth grinding. Night Guard A night guard is often the first line of treatment to prevent tooth grinding at night. This removable appliance, similar to a sports mouth guard, is custom made to fit over your teeth and protect them while you sleep. Bite Alignment Therapy Malocclusion, or improper alignment of the teeth, is one cause for teeth grinding. The alignment of the teeth and bite can be corrected with restorative dental procedures such as dental crowns, dental veneers or dental implants. Cosmetic Dentistry to Repair Damage Once the teeth grinding causes have been successfully treated, Dr. Theodore will focus on repairing damage caused by teeth grinding. Chronic teeth grinding can leave teeth worn, chipped or broken. Dr. Theodore may repair teeth using dental crowns, porcelain veneers or cosmetic bonding.

Visit Our Chicago Dental Office

Schedule a consultation with Chicago dentist, Dr. Theodore, for a bite analysis and consultation to find out which treatments are best to correct your tooth grinding condition. Call 773.286.5286 or request an appointment online.