Nocturnal Bruxism

Between 30 and 40 million U.S. children and adults grind their teeth at night (nocturnal bruxism). This can be from stress and anxiety or caused by dental problems like missing or crooked teeth or a misaligned bite.
Why is this a problem?
  • Grinding sounds associated with nocturnal bruxism awaken and alarm sleepers in the same room as the tooth-grinder
  • The pressure from grinding causes wear and tear on your teeth and can damage your jawbone and gums.
What are the symptoms?
Many people are unaware they have a problem with tooth grinding until a sleep partner points it out. This rhythmic activity of the jawbone forcing contact between dental surfaces has also been linked to:
  • headaches
  • joint discomfort
  • muscle aches
  • premature tooth loss.
How can we help?
Of course, the first step is to ensure that your teeth are restored and healthy, and your bite isn’t the problem. We can then prescribe a custom-made mouth guard to protect your teeth and take the pressure off your jaw joint.
Bruxism isn’t only a nighttime activity. Some tooth-grinders continue this damaging practice throughout the day.
Whether you are in our office for bruxism or for your regular care visits, our personal, casual, and relaxed style in providing quality dental care will help put you at ease. We’ll take the time to get to know your needs, answer your questions about the latest techniques and materials, and make sure that you are comfortable.
Find out just how stress-free and pleasant a visit to the dentist can be—call us for complete family dental care or visit us at 6 Batavia City Centre.
Always proud to be your Batavia family dentist, I encourage you to regularly read the Genesee Valley Pennysaver, where you will find my articles on a variety of dental health topics. And as always, call us with any questions. We’d love to hear from you!