How to Treat and Prevent Bruxism

Chernoff dental night guard iconBruxism is a habit of grinding or clenching the teeth. Clenching means you tightly hold your top and bottom teeth together. Grinding is when you slide your teeth back and forth over each other. Bruxism can happen at any age, to children or adults.

Many people with bruxism wake themselves up in the middle of the night with a loud clenching or grinding sound. Sometimes the sound is so loud that parents or sleep partners can hear it. For other people, bruxism may be silent.

Effects of wearing down teeth through grindingPeople who suffer from bruxism may have the following symptoms:

  • headache
  • sore jaw
  • frequent toothaches
  • facial pain
  • worn or cracked teeth or fillings
  • loose teeth
  • earache
  • insomnia

What causes bruxism?

The causes of bruxism are not known for certain. Stress, sleep disorders, and abnormal bite are some of the things that may play a role.

Dr. Chernoff can diagnose bruxism by looking for unusual wear spots on your teeth and assessing related symptoms. Regular dental checkups are important to find damage in the early stages. Dr. Chernoff can help you manage bruxism and the related symptoms, as well as repair and help to prevent further damage to your teeth.

How is bruxism treated?

Bruxism treatment depends on each individual’s situation. Dr. Chernoff may recommend one or more treatments for you, such as:

Dental patient wearing night guard to protect teeth from grinding

  • stress reduction
  • a protective “night guard” worn over the teeth while sleeping
  • medication for pain or muscle spasms
  • fillings or other dental treatment to repair damaged teeth

Dr. Chernoff may suggest wearing a night guard while you sleep. Night guards are custom-made by Dr. Chernoff from plastic or acrylic. The night guard slips over either the upper or lower teeth and prevents the teeth from touching. It protects teeth and keeps them from wearing down.

You can help manage bruxism by paying attention to the symptoms, having frequent dental visits and talking with Dr. Chernoff.

Chernoff dental night guard testimonial “When I was having pain in my jaw, Dr. Chernoff suggested I get a nightguard. It was hard to get used to at first, but now I can’t go to sleep without it. I even put it in an hour or two before I go to sleep because I like having it in there and it has made my sensitivity go away.”
– Mark – Click to watch Video Testimonial

Chernoff dental night guard testimonial “It has gotten so that I can’t go to sleep without my night guard. If I got to bed without it on, I don’t feel right. I know that it protects my teeth from grinding in my sleep—and I know that I won’t stop grinding. Dr. Chernoff has really helped me to deal with the problem so that my teeth won’t get ground down.”
– Anonymous – Click to watch Video Testimonial

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