Bruxism Treatment

Bruxism is an oral parafunctional activity that commonly occurs in most people at some point in their lives. The two main characteristics of this condition are grinding of the teeth and clenching of the jaw. These actions usually occur during a person’s sleeping hours, but occasionally they occur during the day.

Bruxism is one of the most common known sleep disorders. Chewing is a neuromuscular activity controlled by a subconscious process, but more highly controlled by the brain. During sleep, the subconscious process may become active, while the higher control is inactive (asleep), resulting in bruxism. The most common symptoms are earaches, headaches, muscle tenderness, enamel wear, notching of the roots of the teeth (abfraction), cracked and chipped teeth, and tooth mobility. Bruxism may be related to depression, eating disorders, anxiety, chronic stress, and use of certain medications.

Why should I seek treatment for Bruxism?

Bruxism Treatment Options

Though there is no cure for bruxism, there are a variety of devices and services available through our office to help treat bruxism:

Once bruxing is under control, we can perform a variety of gum grafting procedures to restore the pleasant esthetic appearance to your smile.