Bruxism, also known as grinding or clenching, is a condition that occurs unconsciously when we are awake or asleep.

Signs and symptoms of bruxism may include:

  • Teeth grinding or clenching, which may be loud enough to wake up your sleep partner

  • Teeth that are appear shorter and are flattened, fractured, chipped or loose

  • Worn tooth enamel, exposing deeper layers of your tooth

  • Increased tooth pain or sensitivity

  • Tired or tight jaw muscles, or a locked jaw that won't open or close completely

  • Jaw, neck or face pain or soreness

  • Pain that feels like an earache, though it's actually not a problem with your ear

  • Dull headache starting in the temples

  • Damage from chewing on the inside of your cheek

  • Sleep disruption

Treatment for bruxism includes wearing a night guard to help prevent damage to your teeth and to relieve the pressure on your jaw joints. We have various night guards that we have available at our office, and we will help determine which one is the right fit for you.

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