Bruxism in Washington, DC

At University Centre Dental Associates, Dr. Maurice Haynes offers treatment for bruxism as part of his top-notch general dental services for local residents in and around Washington, DC, including residents in Greenbelt, MD, and Bowie, MD, as well as Prince George’s County, Montgomery County, and Anne Arundel County.

What Is Bruxism?

Bruxism refers to excessively grinding the teeth or clenching the jaw. It may occur during sleep or wakefulness, and in some cases, it is brought on by stress. Over time, this condition can cause pain and/or tooth damage such as wearing of the tooth enamel, chipped teeth, increased temperature sensitivity, and jaw problems. Chronic bruxism can also lead to temporomandibular joint disease (TMJ).

What Are the Signs of Bruxism?

Since bruxism often occurs during sleep, people may not be aware that they are grinding their teeth. Telltale symptoms include the following:

  • Grinding or gnashing noises during sleep
  • Dull, constant headache
  • Jaw soreness or tenderness
  • Fractured or loosened teeth
  • Teeth that are worn down to stumps
  • Repeatedly damaged or lost dental restorations, such as crowns or fillings

If bruxism and the resulting tooth damage remain untreated, they could affect the jaws, cause hearing loss, or change the appearance of the face.

How Is Bruxism Treated?

A fitted dental guard, also called a mouth guard or occlusal splint, may be prescribed to protect the teeth during sleep. In some cases, psychosocial techniques may be recommended to alleviate stress, such as relaxation techniques, behavioral modification, stress management, or cognitive behavioral therapy.

Why Choose Dr. Maurice Haynes of University Centre Dental Associates?

Dr. Maurice Haynes stays up-to-date on the newest advances and technologies in the field of dentistry in order to provide his patients with the best care possible. He combines excellent dental services with compassion and is an active member of the American Dental Association.

How Much Does Treatment for Bruxism Cost in Greenbelt, MD?

The cost for treatment for bruxism varies. Please schedule a consultation with University Centre Dental Associates to discuss your particular case.

Your dental insurance may cover the cost of treatment for bruxism. Because every policy is different, the staff at University Centre Dental Associates will review your information and help determine the status of your bruxism treatment coverage.

We provide financing through CareCredit® as an option for any out-of-pocket bruxism treatment costs you may have. University Centre Dental Associates also offers a variety of payment methods to help make the process easier for our bruxism patients.

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How Do I Schedule a Consultation?

Please call 301-302-8395 today to schedule your free initial consultation! The general dental and orthodontic services we offer at University Centre Dental Associates have improved the lives of people from in and around Washington, DC, including residents in Greenbelt, MD, and Bowie, MD, as well as Prince George’s County, Montgomery County, and Anne Arundel County. Whether you are an adult, a child, or a teenager, our knowledgeable staff is committed to helping you achieve the smile you deserve. Please call 301-302-8395 today to schedule your free initial consultation!

 

Written by University Centre Dental Associates March 19, 2014