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Omid Barkhordar, DDS


Teeth Grinding

Bruxism Treatment

Bruxism, or teeth grinding, is a condition that causes you to unconsciously clench your teeth. Prompt intervention is important, as it can lead to jaw disorders, headaches and tooth damage if left untreated.

What causes teeth grinding?

Teeth grinding can affect patients of all ages and walks of life. Among children, it’s most commonly the result of allergies, ear infections and colds, while adults typically grind their teeth due to stress, an abnormal bite, sleep difficulties and crooked or missing teeth. The underlying cause of your bruxism will influence the treatment, so Dr. Barkhordar will work with you to determine exactly what’s causing you to grind your teeth.

Signs you grind your teeth

It’s fairly common for individuals to be completely unaware of their teeth grinding habit – especially if it only happens at night. However, signs of the condition are usually present, including:

  • Waking up with a headache, toothache or earache
  • Tender jaw
  • Loose teeth
  • Damage to prior dental restorations
  • Fractured or cracked teeth
  • Increased tooth sensitivity

Why is it harmful to grind your teeth?

Teeth grinding can have a number of undesirable effects on your oral health. It can result in tooth loss or fracture, or it may wear the teeth down until they are merely stumps. When these complications occur, you’ll require a restorative procedure, such as dentures, a root canal, crowns or bridges to resolve the issue and restore your beautiful teeth. In addition, bruxism can also affect your jaws. It can cause or worsen TMJ and may even alter the way your face looks.

What to expect during teeth grinding treatment

When you undergo bruxism treatment at Dr. Barkhordar’s Santa Barbara office, you’ll need to follow a number of guidelines that are designed to prevent you from grinding your teeth. For example, you will likely be advised to:

Wear a custom night guard. In many cases, Dr. Barkhordar will create a custom night guard to fit over your teeth and prevent you from clenching. If you continue to grind with the night guard, the device will relieve the pressure and prevent further damage from occurring.

Learn stress-relief tips. Because teeth grinding is commonly caused by stress, looking for ways to relieve your anxiety will be a critical part of your treatment. Dr. Barkhordar recommends listening to music, exercising, reading or taking soothing baths. If homecare methods aren’t helpful, you may need to seek professional guidance from a counselor who can help you lower your stress levels.

Establish a soothing sleep environment. Creating a soothing sleep environment is an important step in preventing teeth grinding at night. In these cases, you’ll want to remove all electronics and smartphones from the bedroom, keep the room as dark as possible and aim to create a clutter-free and relaxing space.

Have necessary dental work performed. If your grinding occurs due to misaligned teeth, Dr. Barkhordar may recommend addressing these issues with crowns or inlays that can resolve the underlying problem and prevent you from grinding your teeth.

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Beautiful, strong and healthy teeth can transform your appearance and your quality of life. Contact us today to schedule an appointment in our Santa Barbara office – and let us give you the megawatt smile you deserve.

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