What is Bruxism?

Though the technical term is not well-known, teeth-grinding (bruxism) is an extremely common problem. In this video, Dr. Patel talks about what bruxism is, and how you can treat it.

video transcript

Hi there, Dr. Ashish Patel to talk to you today about bruxism. This is a word that typically describes the grinding or the gnawing of teeth that can sometimes wear away the enamel or the outer surface of the tooth.

Many people, actually about 75% of the people that grind their teeth, don’t know that they grind their teeth. And so it’s just through photographs and visual photographs that we take in our office that we’re able to show a patient that, hey yeah, you’re actually losing tooth structure.

Treatment

So wearing a night guard or something that protects your teeth against bruxism is a way that we can actually save money because we’re not fixing broken teeth. So bruxism is something that we can preventatively protect the teeth with, typically by wearing a night guard.

So if you’re interested in learning more about bruxism or want to see if you’re a bruxer, give our office a call, we’d love to see you at our office.

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video transcript

Bruxism is a habit during which you clench or grind your teeth and thrust your jaw forward over and over again. It can cause teeth to break and crack, and it can even cause gum problems. Researchers do not know for sure why people do this, but some think that stress may be a factor.

Symptoms:

  • Jaw pain
  • Headaches when you wake up in the morning
  • Teeth sensitivity
  • Chipped teeth or fillings

Treatment

To help alleviate some of these symptoms we may recommend an oral appliance. This oral appliance is a plastic tray that fits either over the top teeth or bottom teeth and this appliance may help reduce grinding and clenching and protect your teeth and gums.

We do offer complimentary consultations, so if you are interested or if you know anyone that’s interested in this treatment option let us know.