Grinding and Clenching (Bruxism)

Tooth Grinding and Clenching (Bruxism)

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What is Bruxism?

Bruxism (BRUCKS-is-im) is a habit of grinding or clenching your teeth. It can happen in children or adults of any age.

People who suffer from bruxism may have one or more of these symptoms:

  • headache or earache

  • sore jaw

  • jaw clicking

  • frequent toothaches

  • sensitive teeth

  • facial pain

  • worn or cracked teeth or fillings

  • tongue indentations

  • trouble sleeping

How is bruxism treated?

Treatment depends on each person’s situation. Your dentist may recommend one or more of the following treatments:

  • ways to lower stress

  • a protective night guard worn over your teeth while sleeping

  • medication for pain or muscle spasms

  • exercises to relax jaw muscles

  • fillings or other dental treatment to repair damaged teeth

Bruxism before and after reconstruction

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This patient’s tooth enamel has worn away, exposing the dentin, the softer yellow layer underneath.

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Bruxism damage repaired with full mouth reconstruction

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Mar 18, 2019 | Posted by in Dental Hygiene | Comments Off on Grinding and Clenching (Bruxism)
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