Valley Dental Associates
9199 Reisterstown Road, Suite 206B, Owings Mills, MD 21117

Do You Have an Ax to Grind About Bruxism?

dca-blog_article-03_bruxism

People who frequently grind or clench their teeth have a condition called bruxism. It can happen when you’re upset or stressed, and even while you’re sleeping. If the teeth grinding is severe, it can lead to many health problems like dental damage, jaw disorders, headaches, and more. That’s why it’s vital to know the symptoms and treatment to get the teeth grinding under control.

Grounds For Grinding

Bruxism is a mystery and its causes remain unclear. But doctors say that these psychological and physical traits are the causes of most teeth grinding:

  • Emotions including anxiety, anger, frustration and stress
  • A competitive, aggressive, or hyperactive personality
  • A psychological coping mechanism or a habit when focusing
  • Sleep problems, such as sleep apnea
  • Abnormal alignment of upper and lower teeth
  • Stomach acid reflux
  • Complication resulting from a medical disorder like Parkinson’s disease or Huntington’s disease
  • The response to an earache or teething pain in children

Symptoms

Bruxism is simple to see and very painful to feel. If you or a family member shows signs of a problem, then it’s time to get treatment for this teeth grinding and you should make an appointment at one of the dental clinics in Owings Mills. Its symptoms include:

  • Teeth grinding or clenching
  • Worn tooth enamel that exposes the tooth’s inner layers
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Flattened, fractured, loose, or chipped teeth
  • Tight, tense jaw muscles
  • Soreness in the face or jaw
  • Gnaw marks on the inside of your cheek
  • Indentations on the tongue
  • Pain in the ear that is similar to an earache
  • Dull headache, starting in the temples

Remedies

While it’s wise to get an expert opinion from one of the dental clinics in Owings Mills, treatment isn’t always required. Many adults have a mild case that doesn’t call for treatment, while numerous kids just outgrow teeth grinding. But if the bruxism is severe, these are the various approaches and therapies for treatment:

  • Dental correction can put teeth back in proper alignment to reduce teeth grinding.
  • Mouth guards and splints can separate teeth to prevent dental damage.
  • Stress management techniques can help you cope with tension to relieve stress-related bruxism.
  • Behavior therapy can help change the behaviors causing the bruxism.
  • Medication like muscle relaxants and Botox injections can relax the muscles to reduce the tension that leads to teeth grinding.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Owings Mills, call Valley Dental Associates today at (443) 898-1240 or make an appointment.

Valley Dental Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Owings Mills. Our office is conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Valley Dental Associates, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Valley Dental Associates.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
Valley Dental Associates has a great staff….they have always been friendly and accommodating to my needs. My first time there was a dental emergency, (I did have an actual first visit appointment […]
Arlene K.
the service was excellent and my Dr have me a pain free experience.
Ashley M.
Clean friendly.Dr. Gorman has been there for a long time. I trust him.
April S.
I really liked the atmosphere along with how knowledgeable everyone was at this dental office.
Avril B.
Jennifer, my hygienist is wonderful! She was so gentle I barely knew she was there lol Great experience!!!
Stephanie J.
I am very satisfied with the service I receive. Always courteous and conscientious of my dental care.
Ray H.
Dr Gorman is the best. I’ve been coming to him since my kids were 3 and 5. That’s about 23 years. I’m a baby when it comes to the dentist and he always makes me feel comfortable.
Theresa P.
The services are always stellar.
Kody T.
First impression of the office. Friendliness of the staff. Dr. Oppenheim asked me to tell him about myself, relaxing the initial meeting. I was pleased with the exam and feel comfortable with the […]
Cecelia C.
Friendly, do good work, I like the people who treat me
Roger K.
Friendly courtesous staff. Appointment are always on time. When you call to scheduled they give you fast appointments.
Jarie K.
Excellent care. No waiting.
Sarah B.
Clean and professional atmosphere
Caesar C.
I was well satisfied with my diagnosis.
Hildegarde F.
First time receiving care from that dentist. I’m impressed. . . he was awesome!
Wyona C.
I’ve been using this office since I was a young child and now I bring my own young child there with me. They are great with me and even better with my son. He loves it there. They also participate […]
James C.
Matthew is the best dental hygienist ever!
Kimberly K.
I thought this particular treatment was going to be painful during and after but that wasn’t the case. It was a good experience (for the dentist) , and even a better experience afterwards when […]
Christeen H.
The staff is very friendly and efficient. I like how the doctors and dental assistants explain each step of the procedures along the way.
Alicia H.
I’ve been coming to Dr. Gorman for over 20 years and have always received excellent care. He listens and takes my best interest of my visits.
Yvonne W.
We Accept Most Insurance Plans!
Learn More

We accept most insurance plans and will be happy to help you understand the coverage that you have. We will do our best to see that you receive your maximum insurance benefits for all covered services.

No Insurance? No Worries! See our discounts and offers here

Office Hours
  • Monday 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Wednesday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Get in touch:
  • Phone: (443) 898-1240
Our Location