What is Bruxism?

Do you often find yourself clenching or grinding your teeth in stressful situations? You may have bruxism. Patients may find themselves clenching or grinding their teeth when stressed, but many patients may do so unconsciously during sleep. Bruxism is very common, and 10% of adults have been diagnosed with the condition.

Symptoms of Bruxism

There are some common signs of the condition to be aware of, including:

  • Stress
  • Headaches
  • Tooth Pain
  • Tooth Sensitivity
  • Jaw Soreness
  • Muscle Soreness
  • Lockjaw
  • Loose Teeth
  • Fractured Teeth

A misaligned bite or crooked teeth can be factors that dentists look for when diagnosing bruxism. These conditions may make some patients more prone to developing bruxism than others.

Treating Bruxism

Dr. Raymond Ribitch offers treatment for bruxism with oral appliance therapy. Oral appliances are custom-made from molds of your teeth and can be worn during the night. They protect teeth not only from clenching and grinding, but also help alleviate pain and discomfort. Oral appliances prevent further wear and tear on teeth and can be used to stop bruxism before other dental treatments can be done.

Schedule an Appointment

Have you noticed the symptoms of bruxism? Call Dr. Ribitch to receive treatment in his Mount Pleasant, MI office at 989-772-1344.