Bruxism is a medical condition in which you clench or grind teeth. Millions and millions of people are affected by bruxism, or teeth grinding every single day , which mostly happens while they sleep. While occasional teeth grinding may not require treatment, chronic teeth grinding can lead to serious jaw disorders, headaches, damaged teeth and other problems.

Signs And Symptoms Of Teeth Grinding:

Most people are grinding teeth in sleep – sometimes without even realizing it.First thing in the morning the jaw muscles are sore,tender to such,over time clicking sounds are noticeable while opening the jaw and some people have headaches in the front temples. Routine check ups to the dentist are important to screen for signs of teeth grinding and cracked teeth. Many patients affected by bruxism have:

  • Worn, flat, fractured or chipped teeth
  • Worn tooth enamel
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Headache
  • Jaw pain or tightness in the jaw muscles
  • Earache
  • Facial pain
  • Damaged tissue on the inside of your cheek

Teeth Grinding Causes

Stress is the #1  cause for grinding teeth. Patients who have stress induced teeth grinding may benefit from any activity that would help reducing the stress as: yoga, anxiety medication, or other methods of stress relief. 

Other teeth grinding causes may include:

  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Huntington’s Disease
  • Anxiety, Stress or Tension
  • Malocclusion (improper alignment of teeth)
  • Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD)

Treatment For Teeth Grinding

There are a number of treatment options for people affected by bruxism. The most important step in treatment is to stop teeth grinding and stop the teeth contacting each other while grinding. This is usually accomplished with a night guard or MOUTH GUARD FOR GRINDING TEETH. We would also recommend treatment to correct the source of the problem, be it malocclusion, environmental factors, or TMJ disorder. Finally, the dentist will repair any teeth that have been damaged by teeth grinding.

Teeth Grinding Mouth Guard

A mouth guard for teeth grinding is the most common treatments for bruxism. These are removable acrylic appliances that are custom made to fit over your teeth and prevent teeth grinding. Teeth grinding mouth guards are typically worn at night, though some patients do benefit from wearing mouth guards during the day particularly in high stress situations.

Schedule A Consultation

If you trying to find a dentist in North Palm Beach FL to treat teeth grinding, contact DR.ALEK PALM BEACH GARDENS.We gladly welcomes new patients and out of town patients.

Call us at 561.881.0067 or REQUEST A CONSULTATION online.