Grinding / Clenching

If you suffer from jaw pain, consistent earaches, headaches or have teeth that are wearing quickly, you may be grinding or clenching your teeth during sleep.

Clinically, teeth grinding and jaw clenching is known as bruxism. If frequent and severe enough, bruxism can cause significant damage to your health. 

What causes teeth grinding and clenching?

  • Stress or anxiety
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Snoring or sleep apnea
  • Abnormal bite
  • Crooked or missing teeth

How is Bruxism treated?

  • Night Guards 
  • Bite appliances
  • Stress management
  • Jaw swelling management
  • Alternating which side of your mouth you chew on
  • Massaging or jaw muscle stretching exercises

      Effects of clenching and grinding:

      • Worn down teeth
      • Swollen jaw
      • Damaged jaw joint (TMJ)
      • Damaged dental procedures

      Schedule your next appointment

      If you have any of the symptoms caused by bruxism or suspect you clench your teeth in your sleep, we encourage you to visit our office and explore ways to find relief.