COVID-19 Update as of 5/7/2020:
We are OPEN for regular dental treatment!
Due to increased screening requirements, we have temporarily disabled the online self-scheduling function. If you need to schedule an appointment, please call our office and we will be happy to assist you.
Community health and well-being is always our top priority. Sorry for the inconvenience caused and thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time!
Implant & Cosmetic Center
Grinding Your Teeth (Bruxism)
Do you wake up with dull headaches, vise-like pain, or stiff, sore jaw muscles? If so, you may have a habit of grinding or clenching the teeth called bruxism. Many people are unaware they even do this because it often happens while they are sleeping. However, dental professionals can usually detect signs of wear on your teeth.
Stress, sleep disorders, an abnormal bite, or crooked or missing teeth may cause bruxism. Teeth grinding can cause pain or loosen teeth. Patients can actually grind away parts of their teeth, leaving them with worn surfaces or fractured enamel. Bruxism can not only wear down your teeth and damage dental work, but can also cause aching muscles.
Luckily, treatment for bruxism and any damaged teeth is available. Options include reducing stress, exercises to relax jaw muscles, using a night guard while sleeping, or getting fillings or other dental treatment.
If you think you might be grinding or clenching your teeth, schedule an appointment to talk with us about your symptoms and possible treatment plans. As always, we look forward to providing you with outstanding dental care.