Mouth Guard

Stop Teeth Grinding

Bruxism, or teeth grinding, effects millions of patients. Usually occurring during sleep, bruxism often can often go undiagnosed. Left untreated (no mouth guard) chronic teeth grinding can damage the jaw and teeth and cause chronic, sometimes debilitating headaches and facial pain. Decatur, GA dentist Dr. Gary Simms, DDS provides treatment for teeth grinding and clenching to prevent damage to your oral health.

Symptoms of Teeth Grinding
Worn teeth
Broken or chipped teeth
Persistent sensitive teeth
Pain or tightness in the jaw joints or jaw muscles
Chronic headaches
Earache and/or facial pain
Damaged tissue on the inside of your cheek

What Causes Teeth Grinding
Teeth grinding is commonly a symptom of stress related issues. Patients frequently grind their teeth during sleep or clench their jaw in times of high pressure or stress. Teeth grinding may also be caused by a misalignment of the teeth or bite or TMD.

Treatment for Teeth Grinding
Dr. Gary Simms, DDS has undergone extensive training for bite alignment and is a fully licensed dentist in Georgia. His Metro Decatur Dental Group PC team provides personalized treatment planning for patients suffering from the side effects of teeth grinding. Through restorative procedures, Dr. Gary Simms, DDS can bring stability to the bite and prevent further damage to the teeth and jaw.

Dr. Gary Simms, DDS uses a combination of behavioral therapy and oral sleep appliances to keep the jaw in alignment and protect the teeth during sleep. Many patients find that oral sleep appliances begin to relieve their jaw and facial pain almost immediately after they begin to use it. Worn at night, the sleep device is much like a sports mouth guard. The device pushes the lower jaw forward to keep the teeth from grinding.

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