Nicole E Pagonis DDS
Dentistry in Los Gatos, CA

What is bruxism?

Bruxism is the involuntary, habitual grinding or clenching of the teeth. People can grind or clench their teeth for various reasons, whether it’s due to another medical condition such as sleep apnea, or they are experiencing high levels of stress.

Common Signs of Bruxism

Teeth grinding can occur in the daytime or at night, though it typically occurs during sleep. Common symptoms associated with bruxism include:

  1. Sensitive teeth
  2. Sore jaw, neck, or face
  3. Headaches
  4. Toothaches
  5. Enamel wear
  6. Muscle stiffness in the face
  7. Damage to the jaw bone or dental nerves

Everyone experiences bruxism differently, so if you have any of the above symptoms, you may chronically clench or grind your teeth.

Bruxism Treatment in Los Gatos, CA

Our dental team understands the toll jaw and tooth pain can have on a person. If you live with bruxism, it can be painful and damaging to your oral health and your physical wellbeing.

If left untreated, bruxism increases your risk for tooth decay and enamel erosion. More severe cases can lead to broken or fractured teeth and permanent tooth loss. 

Are You Ready for Relief?

Bruxism is a painful and potentially harmful condition, but it can be easily treated. A customized night guard can benefit those with TMJ because it realigns the jaw. When the jaw rests in the proper position, it often alleviates chronic pain and reduces inflammation.

For high-quality TMJ treatment options, call your dentist in Los Gatos, CA at (408) 399-3920.   

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