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Mechanicsville, VA Dentist, Dentist in Mechanicsville, VA, VA

Marks Family Dentistry

                            Restorative, Cosmetic, Implant & Family Dentistry






A Stressful Condition: Clenching & Grinding


Sometimes people exposed to chronic stress or high-pressure situations can develop a damaging habit known as bruxism: unconsciously biting down with too much force. It can happen at night or during the day and is generally found in about two thirds of the population! People with bruxism may have other 'biting' habits as well: such as biting fingernails, pencils, lips, or the insides of their cheeks. In many cases they are not even aware that they do grind or clench their teeth at night. In any case, it's a harmful habit that wears down biting surfaces, causes bite imbalances, and can lead to serious dental problems.

A Solid Solution: Protection & Rest


Since bruxers are often unaware of their habit, we carefully evaluate all our patients for the problem, checking for fractured or chipped teeth, excessively worn or flat teeth, unexplained tooth or gum sensitivity, jaw pain, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain, popping and clicking jaws, tense muscles, headaches, partially exposed and sensitive root surfaces, and/or tongue indentations. Then, if you're a bruxer, we can do several things to help break the habit, treat the pain, and eliminate further damage to your teeth and oral structures. This may involve fitting you with an orthotic appliance or nightguard to stop the trigger mechanism that initiates the unconscious clenching and grinding. Sometimes, wearing the guard will eliminate the problem. If not, we can do further examination to determine the cause, while in the meantime advising continuous wearing of the guard to spare the teeth from further damage.

Dr. Norman Marks Dr. Aaron Marks Dr. Brandon Marks Marks Family Dentistry has been making beautiful smiles a reality for over 40 years! They provide advanced dental care including implants, CEREC crowns in one appointment, traditional crowns, bridges, veneers, and Invisalign. Early morning and evening hours are available at their state of the art office in Mechanicsville, Virginia, located 10 minutes north of Richmond off 285 at Chemberlayne/301 in Hanover County.