Teeth grinding is a common habit that can wear down tooth enamel and cause jaw pain. If you suspect you or your partner has bruxism, schedule an appointment with our Grand Rapids dentist as soon as possible to talk about bite splint therapy.

Most destructive teeth grinding happens while you sleep, which can damage teeth over time. Teeth grinding can also be a sign of stress. Thankfully, a dental bite splint can be used to prevent damaged caused by teeth grinding and clenching.

Symptoms of bruxism include:

  • Excessive teeth grinding and clenching
  • Worn tooth enamel
  • Damaged teeth (flattened, broken, chipped, loose, etc.)
  • Increased tooth sensitivity
  • Sore jaw or facial muscles
  • Tired or tight jaw muscles
  • Dull headache

While these symptoms are not inclusive of all you could be experiencing, they do represent the kind of damage done to your smile from teeth grinding. A bite splint is an oral appliance that fits into the roof of your mouth to prevent bruxism. A visit to our Grand Rapids dentist will determine if you would benefit from a bite splint.

Dr. Ritzema DDS at Complete Health Dentistry is dedicated to helping patients prevent damage caused by nighttime teeth grinding through restorative dental services. If you are interested in learning more about bite splints for teeth grinding, call our dentist in Grand Rapids at (616) 458-7267.