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Treatment for Grinding, Clenching, Migraines

Nighttime teeth clenching and grinding are a major problem in America. Many people are not aware that they are doing it until they have symptoms associated with it. Clenching and grinding causes jaw problems, teeth wear and breakage, and even nerve problems in the teeth. Grinding can cause anterior teeth to wear and break necessitating bondings or even crowns. Also grinding can cause back teeth to become flat, weakening the teeth and causing future problems and the need for dental restorations such as crowns. It can also cause pain in your ear or TMJ area and also be a source of migraine headaches.

Grinding and clenching can be brought on by a number of things:

  • Stress
  • Certain medications
  • Worn teeth
  • An unstable bite
  • Certain physical ailments such as Parkinson’s and MS
  • Weight lifting

At Gilreath Family Dentistry, we make nighttime appliances for our patients using the latest digital technology. Our No-Impressions digital scans allow us to make a precise model digitally without the need for messy, uncomfortable impressions that can make you gag. Then we design and manufacture your appliance in our office digitally, using the latest technology. This process results in a precision-fit appliance that is customized just for you.

Store-bought Nightguards

Many patients ask us, “Why can’t I just use a nightguard I bought online or from the drugstore?” There are several reasons why these types of generic guards don’t work well:

  • Properly designed and manufactured guards generally should not touch the molars.
  • The material should be firm and not move when you bite into them.
  • The design should allow for only your front teeth to touch when you move to the front and from side to side.

Our goal for our patients who grind and clench their teeth at night is to break the cycle using a night guard and then restore teeth if necessary. AND, because our process is all digital, we can easily make another one for you if you lose or break one!

Migraines and Botox

You may have heard that grinding and clenching can cause migraines. This is absolutely true. If you are a migraine sufferer or if you have a really bad clenching/grinding habit, BOTOX may be for you. Dr. Gilreath uses BOTOX in conjunction with nightguards to break the clenching habit, which will make you clench or grind with less intensity. It can even help break the cycle and prevent you from clenching and grinding altogether. And though Dr. Gilreath doesn’t treat Migraines (since he’s not a neurologist), by using Botox to help you stop grinding and clenching, your headaches, caused as a side effect can greatly improve. In this situation, Dr. Gilreath uses BOTOX to reduce the intensity of muscle contractions. The result is amazing. Less clenching, less grinding, and the side effect of fewer headaches.

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Please call us at (770) 796-7081.

Our Client Reviews
Gilreath Family Dentistry

5.0 / 5.0

Based on 307 reviews


Dr. Gilreath is incredible with my kids. They love going to the dentist now! And this busy mom loves the warm neck wraps, the soft music and enjoying a latte while I relax!

Kenneth H.

Was lucky enough to find these guys when I got insurance that my old dentist did not take. Very professional and friendly staff! Office has the latest greatest technology as well. If you're looking for a new dentist, search no further!

Susie L.

Very personable and friendly, they took the time to go over my complex dental history and did not pressure me into anything. They gave their recommendations and priced out any options I had. Great group!

Camille Y.

Dr. Gilreath and his staff are top notch. I received the best cleaning I've ever had while watching my favorite show. The Doctor and his staff were all very polite, friendly, and courteous. They explained everything to me clearly and presented me with options in a gentle way that didn't make me feel pressured at all. It's obvious they really care about the wellbeing of their patients. The facility and equipment is really nice as well. I will definitely be back!

Juan R.

Always willing to work around my kids and my schedules. Today I had a long appointment. They started on time and always made sure I was comfortable and that the pain was managed so the procedure could’ve been completed without issues. Very courteous and professional staff.

Lucia B.

Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

Jhion R.

The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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Gilreath Family Dentistry

200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060

Call to Schedule an Appointment:
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