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What Is Bruxism?

July 23, 2019
Posted By: Dr. Evan Chiang

Do you wake up with pain in your face or jaw? Both are signs that you may have a teeth grinding habit that's also referred to as bruxism. 

This is a destructive habit, and most often occurs during sleep, so you may not be aware that you’re doing it. But your dentist will see the signs and can offer simple teeth grinding treatment in Woodinville, WA to relieve your pain and protect your teeth from damage. 

Signs That You Have a Teeth Grinding Habit

If you routinely experience any of the following, there’s a good chance that you’re bruxing. 

  • Facial pain
  • Jaw pain
  • Earaches
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Broken or chipped teeth

Even if these symptoms aren’t obvious enough to alert you to a problem, your dentist in Woodinville will see signs of excessive wear on your teeth. This wear is a sure sign that you need treatment for bruxism to protect your teeth from further damage.

But don’t be alarmed; resolving bruxism in your case may be as simple as wearing a custom mouth guard to protect your teeth while you sleep. 

How a Dentist Treats Teeth Grinding 

In most cases, no special treatment or procedure is needed to help you stop grinding your teeth. Your dentist customizes a night guard that you wear on your upper teeth.

The guard prevents the upper and lower jaw from coming into direct contact with each other and relieves the stress on your jaw joint. This contact is the source of much of your pain, so reducing the stress should also eliminate your painful symptoms. 

Call Us for the Pain Relief You Need

A teeth grinding habit can be painful and destructive to your teeth. If you are dealing with unexplained facial or jaw pain, teeth grinding treatment at our Woodinville dental office may be the solution you need.

Call us to schedule an appointment so our dentists can check your teeth for signs of bruxism and recommend the treatment to get you out of pain.

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Have you recently noticed tooth pain or sensitivity? Do you wake up with pain in your head, neck, or shoulders? Does your jaw hurt when you open and close your mouth? 

All these symptoms may be related to a chronic teeth grinding or clenching habit called bruxism. But in many cases, your dentist can treat teeth grinding in Woodinville, WA, using a customized night guard to relieve these symptoms and protect your teeth from damage.

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