Grinding (Bruxism)

Most patients are unaware that they grind their teeth. This occurs usually while they sleep. Ask yourself these simple questions if you think you grind:

  • Has anyone heard your jaw moving while sleeping?
  • Do you wake up with a dull headache?
  • Do you wake up with an earache?
  • Are your facial muscles tender and sore, especially in the morning?
  • Jaw Joints hurt?
  • Teeth wearing down or cracking?
  • Teeth unusually sensitive?
  • Teeth loosening?

If you answer, “yes” to even one of these questions, you should consult your dentist.

Many adults grind their teeth because of:

  • Stress
  • Sleeping disorders
  • Abnormal bite (Malocclusion)
  • Crooked or missing teeth

Photo of a mouthguard

Grinding can be treated with non-invasive therapy consisting of:

  • Fabrication of a custom nightguard
  • Application of warm compresses
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (Advil, Aleve, ibuprofen)
  • Soft diet
  • Physical therapy
  • Relaxation techniques to reduce stress
  • Adjustment and/or restoration of an abnormal bite

If you routinely grind your teeth, please notify us so we can do a complete examination to determine the extent of your problem.

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Blau, call our NYC Dentist Office in Midtown Manhattan at New York Office Phone Number 212-888-6311.