Teeth Grinding and Clenching Solutions in Arlington, Virginia

Striving to provide relief for bruxism and jaw pain in the Arlington community

Do you suffer from jaw pain, earaches, headaches and damaged teeth? You may be grinding or clenching your teeth in your sleep. Clinically, this known as bruxism. If your situation is frequent and severe enough, it could cause significant damage to your oral health and your smile. Thankfully, Virginia Dental Center is here to help provide relief. 

What causes teeth grinding and clenching?

  • Stress or anxiety
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Snoring or sleep apnea
  • Abnormal bite
  • Crooked or missing teeth

Options for relief:

  • Mouthguard
  • Bite appliances
  • Stress management
  • Compresses to manage jaw swelling
  • Alternating which side of your mouth you chew with
  • Massaging or stretching exercises to relax your jaw muscles
  • I first came to see Dr. Kern to get my caps replaced from an accident when I was younger. Dr. Kern was very helpful in showing me all the ways in which we could replace and revitalize my smile, which was something I had been ashamed of for quite sometime. She was even patient with me when I went back and forth several times to see the difference between replacing two of the crowns or perhaps changing and having four crowns, to align my smile. I chose to move forward with four crowns. I explained to Dr. Kern that I was to be in several weddings in the near future. Dr. Kern made sure to create a timeline which ensured that all the dental work would be completed in time. At the first wedding the bride (my sister) commented on how white and beautiful my teeth were. She told me she had been whitening her teeth for about two months but they still weren’t as white as mine. At the second wedding two months later, several people commented on how white my teeth were, even though I drank red wine. My experience with Dr. Kern was amazing! She is very personal and always makes sure to say hello when I see her outside of the dentist office. I would recommend her to anyone!
    Best, Morgan

Effects of clenching and grinding:

  • Worn down or damaged teeth
  • Swollen jaw
  • Damaged jaw joint (TMJ)
  • Damaged dental procedures

Schedule your next appointment…

If you suspect you or your partner clench their teeth in their sleep, we encourage you to visit our office and explore ways to find relief. Learn how you can regain your oral health and revive your smile by contacting our office today!

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