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Grinding Teeth

Dental & Oral Problems Caused by Tooth Grinding

Tooth grinding, also call bruxism, is a common dental problem that can cause many issues with dental health. It can cause headaches and issues with jaw muscles, as well as wear teeth down and weaken them. The Royal Oak team has the needed expertise to help you find a solution to teeth grinding.

Teeth grinding most often occurs while a person is sleeping. In fact, you could be a tooth grinder and be completely unaware of the problem. If you have dull headaches or a sore jaw, especially first thing in the morning, these could be signs of bruxism and other neuromuscular dental problems, like TMD/TMJ. We can perform an oral/dental exam and look for signs of tooth grinding.

Solutions to Stop Tooth Grinding

For those who grind their teeth in their sleep, a mouth guard may need to be worn at night to protect teeth from wearing on each other. Royal Oak Dental Group can take impressions of your mouth and fabricate a mouthguard that is made to perfectly fit your mouth, so it will feel comfortable and natural to wear.

When tooth grinding has been going on long enough to present problems, Royal Oak Dental Group can also address and fix these. Teeth worn down to stumps may be restored with porcelain crowns. When you come in for a visit, we will evaluate your teeth and dental needs and recommend the tooth restoration procedure that will give you the best results. Contact us today to schedule your tooth grinding consultation!

In the meantime, start noticing if you clench your jaw or grind your teeth during the day. Putting the tip of your tongue between your front teeth will train jaw muscles to relax and stay loose. Chewing on pens, pencils and gum should also be avoided, as these reinforce the jaw’s impulse to chew, grind or clench teeth.

The Royal Oak team is proud to serve patients in the Raleigh-Cary-Chapel Hill-Siler City area including Apex, Hillsboro, Carrboro, Pittsboro, Durham, Morrisville, Wake Forest, Garner, Fuquay-Varina and Knightdale.


Royal Oak Dental Group is proud to provide a full scope of dental health services to patients from Raleigh, Cary, Siler City, Chapel Hill, Durham, North Hills, Wake Forest, Garner, Apex, Holly Springs, Fuquay-Varina, Knightdale, Wendell and Morrisville, NC, as well as the greater Triangle area.
Click Here: COVID-19 & Office Updates

Dear Patient:
We hope this message finds you safe and healthy as we all collectively do our best to navigate the COVID-19 health crisis. Thank you for your patience and understanding throughout these challenging times. Because the health and safety of our patients and community is paramount, it has been necessary to limit our patient care to urgent and emergency care over these last few months.

As we have closely followed recommendations from the North Carolina Dental Board, CDC, and other reputable health organizations, we recognize the importance of regional-specific guidance based on the most comprehensive, accurate, and current scientific literature and data available. While community guidelines may continue to evolve, we must continue to make our treatment decisions based on the best knowledge available. It is our job to help improve the health of our patients by approaching comprehensive dental treatment PROACTIVELY, not just reacting after the compromise has become irreversible in nature.

With this in mind, we have made the decision to safely reopen our doors to ALL PATIENTS beginning Monday, May 11th. This means routine dental care, such as cleanings and simple restorations, will resume. When you come to our office you will notice the following elevated measures and precautions that we believe are necessary to maintain until we emerge from this COVID-19 environment (and likely thereafter):  

  • Sanitation stations in the front desk/waiting area
  • Anti-microbial Hydrogen Peroxide mouth rinses before the start of each appointment
  • Hi-Evacuation suction for hygiene appointments to minimize cavitron-related aerosols
  • Patient entrance doors will remain open to reduce contact 
  • Mandatory pre-screening questionnaire over the phone when appointments are confirmed and upon arrival to the office, in addition to temperature checks of ALL STAFF and PATIENTS
  • Patients will wait in their vehicles until their appointment begins
  • Limited access to patient waiting areas and operatories whenever possible (e.g. restricted to patients, parents of young children, translators, service animals, special needs assistance, etc.)
  • Enhanced social distancing measures throughout the office 

This is not the first crisis that we have endured as a state or as a nation, and we look forward to overcoming this event better, stronger and more resilient than ever before. We cannot thank you enough for trusting us with your oral health. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or concerns, and let us know if there is anything we can do to better serve you.
Royal Oak Dental Group