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Bruxism

Bruxism is a condition in which you grind, gnash or clench your teeth. If you suffer from bruxism, you may unconsciously clench your teeth together during the day or grind them at night, which is called sleep bruxism.

Bruxism may be mild and may not even require treatment. However, it can be frequent and severe enough to lead to jaw disorders, headaches, damaged teeth and other problems. Because you may have sleep bruxism and be unaware of it until complications develop, it's important to know the signs and symptoms of bruxism and to seek professional help.

Night Guards

Do you grind your teeth during the day or during your sleep? Bruxism or grinding your teeth can result in some consequences including:
  • Wearing away your tooth structure – especially the biting or chewing surface
  • Breakdown of the ligaments that support your teeth
  • Loss of jaw bone
  • Soreness in jaw joints or facial muscles
  • Tension headaches

If you suspect you are grinding your teeth, we can help to verify this. A sleep partner can tell you if you are grinding at night.

What is the solution? Try to determine the source of your stress. Be conscious of grinding your teeth during the day. And wear a night guard when you sleep. At CHIESA DENTAL CARE, we make custom fitted night guards or bruxism appliances to protect your teeth from the wearing forces of grinding. Call us today and book a private consultation with Dr. Chiesa! 905-389-2431