What can be done about nighttime grinding of the teeth?

Asian woman sleeping and grinding teeth in bedroom Clenching and grinding of the teeth are common concerns. Patients might feel as though it is not a big deal, but this condition, more traditionally known as bruxism, can occur to anyone at any time. Knowing the signs and effective treatment options is the first step in the right direction! Our team at Gallery 57 Dental in New York, NY, can assist with the diagnosis and treatment of nighttime clenching and grinding.

What are the signs of nighttime teeth grinding?

Bruxism is a health concern that can be a little tricky to spot since the clenching and grinding is often done during one’s sleep, and they are unaware that it is happening. Our team at Gallery 57 Dental can evaluate you and help determine if you are experiencing bruxism. Not only will our dentists be able to spot signs of bruxism, such as worn, broken, or chipped teeth, but other symptoms may be happening, including:

  • Chronic morning headaches and migraines
  • Neck and jaw pain
  • Damaged teeth
  • Loosening teeth
  • Pain in the TMJ (temporomandibular joint)
  • Changes in bite alignment

What causes me to clench and grind at night?

Bruxism is a condition that can occur on its own without any specific cause. However, it can also be linked to certain factors, such as increased levels of stress, anxiety conditions, tobacco use, caffeine consumption, and alcohol. By talking with your dentist, you may be able to find out the cause of your condition and alleviate it. In the meantime, treatment options may be discussed.

How can I protect my smile from bruxism?

Nighttime clenching and grinding can be an issue even if a patient evaluates all the common factors that contribute to it. At Gallery 57 Dental, our team may recommend the use of an oral appliance. Oral appliances such as bite guards and mouthguards are often worn at night to alleviate the pressure that can happen with clenching and reduce damage to the teeth caused by grinding.

Do I have bruxism or TMJ disorder?

Our team at Gallery 57 is well-educated and experienced in helping patients with conditions such as bruxism and TMJ disorder, or TMD. If you suspect that you have issues with TMJ or bruxism, call our office at 212-246-8700 to request an appointment at our state-of-the-art dental facility in New York, NY. We are open to new patients and families.

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