Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, can pose a great risk for your smile. Over time, the health and appearance of your smile can suffer and you can experience a wide array of uncomfortable symptoms. Fortunately, we have a comfortable and minimally-invasive solution to treat teeth grinding.

Try Our Quiz on Teeth Grinding Treatment

  • True or False: Stress can cause bruxism.
  • True or False: Your teeth can eventually become cracked or chipped.
  • True or False: We can treat the issue with an oral appliance.
  • True or False: You can also make changes in your day-to-day life to ease teeth grinding.
  • Answer Key

  • True. Common factors behind teeth grinding can include stress, tooth loss, injury to the face or jaw, or misalignment. Untreated TMJ disorder has also been linked to the onset of bruxism. Understanding the cause of your issue, as well as the severity, is key to recommending the most appropriate treatment option.
  • True. Without treatment, the constant pressure on the teeth can wear down enamel and also chip or crack a tooth. A damaged tooth is more likely to develop tooth decay and dental infections. As we a result, we urge patients to see a dentist when they experience the symptoms of bruxism, which may include toothaches, tooth sensitivity, soreness in the jaw, and headaches.
  • True. An oral appliance fits comfortably an places a barrier between the upper and lower rows of teeth, preventing you from damaging them further. The appliance can also reposition the jaw to ease any strain on the jaw joints.
  • True. First, try to reduce the stress in your daily life. We also suggest cutting back on caffeine and avoiding hard or chewy foods, or chewing on objects such as pens or pencils. If you have any questions about addressing this common oral health complaint, then contact our team today.
  • Do You have Bruxism?

    Dr. Janet Goguen, DMD, can treat bruxism and protect your smile from further damage. Call our office in Upton, MA, today at 508-529-4591 to schedule your next cleaning. We proudly welcome patients from all surrounding communities, including, Grafton, Hopedale, Whitinsville, and more.

     

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