Bruxism

Does your jaw feel stiff or do you have difficulty opening your mouth wide? Are your teeth sensitive to cold drinks? Does your jaw muscles feel tired in the morning? You may be grinding your teeth in the morning? You may be grinding your teeth at night (a medical condition called bruxism) or you may be clenching your teeth, which can be just as harmful. People with nighttime grinding habits may wear their tooth enamel “ten times faster” than those without “abusive chewing habits. Eventually, your teeth may be worn down and destroyed.

In addition to relieving head, neck, jaw joint and shoulder pains, treating bruxism and clenching is cost effective compared to ignoring the condition and exposing teeth to continued grinding. Without treatment, crowns (caps), bridges, implants and dentures are often needed to repair or replace worn and damaged teeth. Ask Dr. Rose Miranda-Lesniak if a nightguard can help to provide temporary relief from grinding, bruxing or clenching.