The Signs and Symptoms of Bruxism

Bruxism- the gnashing or grinding of teeth is something your 11706 dentists at Bay Dental Health helps patients overcome on a daily basis. And even though the ultimate cause of this behavior is unknown, most experts believe it is tied to stress, almost as a nervous habit or tick, which can even occur in the sleep. So if you are bruxing while sleeping- you might not even know you are doing it. With that in mind, we will be discussing the signs of bruxism and how to prevent it from ruining your smile.


A constant grinding of the teeth, consciously or not, can have several symptoms and signs associated with it. They include, but are not limited to:


-Jaw or facial pain

-Popping or clicking sounds in the jaw

-Tooth wear, or fractures in the teeth

-Chronic headaches

-Loose or extra-sensitive teeth.


To prevent grinding, your 11706 dentists can recommend a few treatments. Custom made mouth guards that are worn at night to prevent the teeth from grinding are a great first idea. Many patients have also seen success from stress management classes or cognitive behavioral therapy. If the grinding continues, despite these efforts, surgery can also potentially be a great help.


Here at Bay Dental Health, we offer a wide range of TMJ related procedures and treatments, which often can be related to bruxism. Click here to review some of the ways we can assist you and make an appointment with your 11706 dentists today by calling (631) 665-8484.