What is bruxism?

Bruxism is teeth grinding and clenching; while some people consciously grind their teeth during the day because of stress and other factors, most people who suffer from bruxism are unaware of the condition. Bruxism often results in teeth grinding and clenching during the night while you sleep. While bruxism may seem like a relatively harmless condition, it can actually result in serious damage and pain. The following are common symptoms and signs of teeth grinding in Norristown, Pennsylvania:

  • Excessive wear on the tooth enamel, exposing the inner layers of the tooth
  • Very worn down, flattened, chipped, or cracked teeth
  • Pain in the jaw, face, or ears
  • A tightness or tired feeling in the jaw muscles
  • Frequent tension headaches or migraines

If you notice these symptoms, we encourage you to contact our office for a personalized consultation with our dentist.

How do you treat bruxism?

One of the most common ways our experienced dentists may recommend to treat bruxism and prevent teeth grinding is the use of a custom-made mouth guard or night guard. The mouth guard fits over your teeth and is worn at night while you sleep to prevent your teeth from clenching and grinding together during sleep. To learn more about teeth grinding and how we can treat bruxism, please contact us at Joy Dental soon.