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Most often recognized for its unpleasant sound, people who regularly grind their teeth are at a higher risk for a host of dental health problems. If you believe you’re suffering from teeth grinding, La Jolla dentist Dr. Jacob Russell can recommend prospective treatments.

For more information on teeth grinding, please call Jacob Russell, DDS, at (858) 459-4113 to schedule a consultation at our office in La Jolla, California.

What Causes Teeth Grinding?

Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism by medical professionals, could be the result of:

  • Stress
  • A misaligned bite
  • Crooked teeth
  • Overuse of stimulants like caffeine or nicotine
  • A high-energy, aggressive personality

In most cases, teeth grinding occurs during sleep. So, like snoring, it often takes the input of a spouse or roommate to know that you suffer from this condition before seeking treatment.

Risks of Grinding Your Teeth

If left untreated, chronic teeth grinding will wear down the exterior of your teeth. Over time, severe grinding increases the risk of:

  • Chipping or breaking of teeth
  • Tooth loss
  • Weakening and damaging dental crowns and other restorations
  • Discomfort throughout the face – headaches, earache, jaw pain, and more

The repetitive stress of teeth grinding can also damage the joints connecting the jaw, potentially leading to a painful chronic condition known as TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder.

Teeth Grinding Treatment

During your consultation, Dr. Russell can examine your teeth and jaw for signs of teeth grinding. The most effective treatment option is often a custom mouth guard covering the upper or lower row of teeth, or both. In some cases lifestyle changes might also be beneficial, including:

  • Healthy stress relief through exercise and other relaxation activities
  • Cutting down on coffee and soda, quitting smoking, etc.
  • Physical therapy to stop clenching and relax muscles in the jaw

The specific treatment will depend on the cause and severity of grinding. Dr. Russell can discuss your options and recommend a potential treatment specific to your dental health and lifestyle.

If you believe teeth grinding could be affecting your oral health, please contact Jacob Russell, DDS today to schedule your visit to our La Jolla dental office.