Teeth Grinding

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Relief from Teeth Grinding in Tuckahoe

Life can be stressful, and often, we take it out on our teeth! We clench and grind, mostly at night in our sleep, and it wears teeth down and sometimes even causes them to break!

Stress isn’t the only cause of tooth grinding or bruxism. Some people start grinding their teeth because of medical conditions, medication, too much caffeine, even crooked teeth or a bad bite. Whatever the cause, it can absolutely ruin your teeth.

What is Tooth Grinding or Bruxism?

Bruxism comes from the Greek word brygmós, which means “gnashing of teeth.” If you have ever slept near someone who suffers from bruxism, you know this is an apt description.

Many people grind their teeth and never realize it. Often, patients discover that they grind their teeth when serious pain or damage results.

The primary symptoms of bruxism are:

  • Grinding or clenching of teeth
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Jaw pain
  • Headache and facial pain
  • Worn, chipped, breaking teeth
  • Flattened tooth surfaces
  • Exposure of tooth layers and loss of enamel
  • Earache from jaw muscle tension and contraction
  • A scalloped tongue or irregular tongue edges
  • Damaged mouth tissue

If you notice any of these symptoms, please call Dr. Graziano. He can help you find relief and protect your teeth!

What Can Dr. Graziano Do to Stop Tooth Grinding?

If your tooth grinding is a result of TMJ issues, we can treat you with a mouth orthotic and equilibration. If you have simple, stress induced bruxism, talk with us about creating a custom night guard for you.