Grinding Teeth/Bruxism

What is Bruxism?

Grinding (clenching) of teeth, also known as Bruxism, occurs in children as well as adults. Grinding of teeth generally occurs during sleep.

What if my Child is Grinding His or Her Teeth?

Children often grind their teeth when their teeth are erupting. This is not uncommon, nor is it a problem if it is mild. However, in more severe cases the child can develop a malocclusion. Malocclusion may then lead to TMJ problems or to a need for Orthodontics. If you have any concerns about your child’s Bruxism, be sure to have their dentist check for signs of excessive wear so that treatment options can be discussed and implemented to prevent serious problems.

What about Bruxism in Adults?

Adults may grind their teeth at night due to:

  • Malocclusion (bad bite)
  • Stress

The result of bruxism can be worn spots (attrition) that can lead to:

  • Malocclusion (if the patient doesn’t have already)
  • Sensitivity
  • Brittle teeth that require crowns
  • TMJ problems

How can Bruxism be Treated?

Sometimes, the damage caused by bruxism must be addressed first. Any malocclusion, sensitivity, brittle teeth, or TMJ problems should be discussed with your dentist first to be sure those problems are resolved and that the subsequent treatment for bruxism prevents a recurrence of those problems. Further damage from bruxism can be prevented with a night guard that is worn during sleep.

This guard is comfortable and easy for most people to wear. Contact us for an appointment to stop the damage caused by bruxism and correct any serious problems.