Most individuals grind their teeth on occasion, but habitual teeth grinding can cause a great deal of damage to the teeth and a wide range of oral health issues as well. Medically known as bruxism, chronic teeth grinding can wear down, loosen, or result in fracturing of the teeth. It can also cause or increase TMD/TMJ discomfort, consequently affecting the functionality of the jaw. Bruxism can be caused by an array of physical or physiological issues but is believed to be most commonly caused by stress, anxiety, or an abnormal bite. Typically, most individuals grind their teeth during their sleep, which means they might not even be aware they are grinding their teeth. However, a constant mild headache or jaw pain is often a sign of bruxism. Thanks to the expertise of our dentists at Emigh Dental Care, we can provide a thorough dental exam and treatment options for bruxism. Call our Long Beach, CA office today to schedule an appointment.
"The front staff at Emigh Dental Care is very friendly and welcoming. There's even water and apple juice while you wait. The waiting room is open and comfy! There's also ample parking in the parking structure! I had my first examination with Dr. Reel today. She was warm, open and friendly! Freddy, the DA escorted me back to the exam room and explained everything thoroughly. I did share that I was worried about my teeth because I haven't had dental care in about 3 years (no dental insurance). After 3 years with no dental care, I have just 1 cavity. After seeing Dr. Reel, Freddy took me to see hygienist, Tammy. Like Dr. Reel, Tammy was warm and friendly. She explained all the things that were to come for my cleaning and the importance of flossing. On 9/17 my 2 year old son and husband saw Dr. Todd. Dr. Todd thoroughly answered all our questions re: jaw surgery for my husband and referred him to an orthodontist. Although my 2 year old son didn't cooperate by opening his mouth, Dr. Todd was able to entertain and make my son feel comfortable. Maybe next time, Dr. Todd will get to take a look at my son's teeth. I look forward to getting my cavity fixed and my next cleaning. Thanks Emigh Dental Care!"- N.S. / Yelp / Sep 21, 2018
"I highly recommend Emigh Dental. I have been coming to this office my entire life as well as most of my family and extended family. The entire staff is amazing. The hygienists are gentle, and Dr. Pat and Dr. Todd are seriously the best. My kids actually look forward to their visits."- J.G. / Yelp / Sep 19, 2018
"Very good experience in this dental. I had a deep teeth cleaning yesterday. The dentist was very gentle,she didn't hurt me at all."- Z.M. / Yelp / Sep 19, 2018
"Emigh Dental Care is hands down the best Dental facility I have been to! The atmosphere is friendly, clean and comfortable. Bailey, my dental hygienist, is professional, kind and always does an amazing job!! Dr. Pat has a very professional and friendly demeanor. He thoroughly explained everything to me and made sure I was comfortable. I'm so happy to find them, thank you for your excellent care!!!"- A.H. / Yelp / Sep 16, 2018
"This place truly knows the meaning of customer service, I'm very impressed by the professionalism of the staff. I'm a new client and had to have a filling replaced that had fallen out of one of my back molars. I had an issue at my first visit, the first time they tried to refill it (it took two tries in the office) and then it fell out again, about an hour after I got home. When I came back to get it refilled again, I was not comfortable having the same dentist working on it because she had trouble getting it right the first time. I asked to see someone else. When I came back I was taken care of by Dr. Todd. He was very pleasant and made me feel at ease as soon as I arrived. He's an extremely caring person and more than qualified to fix this hard to fill filling. He not only fixed my tooth but he reassured me that the other dentist was also more than qualified to help me, but that he wanted to make sure I felt comfortable with the service I received. I absolutely love this place and how they treated me, they never made me feel weird for asking for another dentist to fix the issue. If you are searching for excellent dentists who provide impeccable care in a clean and friendly environment with a staff that really values the concept of customer service, I highly recommend the good people at Emigh Dental Care. I like them so much that I referred my fiancé to them too. Try Emigh Dental Care, you will not be disappointed."- S.V. / Yelp / Sep 13, 2018
What To Expect
During the appointment, our dentists will examine the teeth, gums, and jaw for signs of bruxism. Symptoms often include worn teeth, chipping, gum tenderness, and jaw pain. Once the teeth have been thoroughly examined, a treatment plan will be created. Each treatment plan is dependent on the condition of the teeth and the intensity of the bruxism. The most common form of treatment is wearing a night guard to prevent any further damage from occurring. However, our team may need to repair the damage that was done to the teeth to better their overall dental health. This will also help to prevent more severe dental issues from occurring. Therefore, dental work such as bridges, crowns, implants, or complete dentures may be needed.
Unfortunately, there is no exact treatment that can stop bruxism from occurring. However, a custom mouth guard will be made for patients to wear at night to prevent the upper teeth and lower teeth from contact. Although a mouth guard will not stop bruxism, it will prevent future grinding or wearing of the teeth. Since bruxism is commonly linked to stress, our dentists will also recommend lifestyle changes or activities that may lower the stress and possibly decrease bruxism. Our dentists will provide hygienic instructions on how to keep the mouth guard clean and when to return to our office for a new mouth guard.
Plan Your Procedure
Stop grinding your teeth
Teeth grinding can cause significant cosmetic alterations to your teeth, which can lead to functionality issues and dental concerns like teeth sensitivity. If you think you are in need of treatment for bruxism, call our family practice today. Our dentists can help you get back on track and obtain healthier teeth for a healthier you.