Bruxism is a dental condition defined as “to grind the teeth, a clenching of the teeth, associated with forceful jaw movements, resulting in rubbing, gritting, or grinding together of the teeth, usually during sleep.” At certain times, almost everyone clenches or grinds their teeth. However, in some people this clenching and grinding can be excessive and causes adverse side-effects. If left untreated, excessive bruxism can cause the following problems: Premature tooth wear

  • Tooth breakage
  • Increased tooth sensitivity
  • Gum line recession
  • Bone loss
  • Loose teeth
  • Sore jaw and face muscles
  • Headaches
  • TMJ problems
  • Lack of restful sleep

We can help you determine why you are encountering increased bruxism. Sometimes it is due to the improper alignment of the upper and lower teeth. In other cases, it may be a result of increased stress. Whatever the cause, we can help you find a treatment that will prevent permanent damage to your mouth. In some cases, the teeth can be realigned to so they fit together properly. In other cases, we can make a custom mouth guard for you to wear at night to prevent your teeth from grinding together.