Patients who suffer from bruxism, or teeth clenching, can rely on Gallagher Dentistry & Facial Pain Center for their highest quality care. Patients with Bruxism grind or clench their teeth, often at night while they sleep and sometimes during the day. Left untreated, bruxism may lead to damage of the teeth and jaw.

Frequently Asked Questions About Bruxism

What treatment for bruxism is recommended by Gallagher Dentistry & Facial Pain Center?

For patients who require treatment, Dr. Mike and Dr. Angela may recommend a night guard or occlusal splint.  Both are custom made for each patient, and fitting properly for comfort.  Other treatments include Invisalign aligners or braces to straighten misaligned teeth.  Patients who wear down their teeth as a result of bruxism may need crowns or fillings to restore damaged teeth.

In some cases, bruxism can be managed by healthier ways to manage stress.  Children can often outgrow bruxism.


What causes bruxism?

One of the most common causes of bruxism in patients is stress. People often carry stress in their bodies, and patients with bruxism respond to stress and anxiety by clenching and grinding their teeth.  Other causes include an unstable TMJ, sleep disorders or airway problems, drug and alcohol uses, poor alignment of teeth, Parkinson and Huntington’s disease. In rare cases, side effects from other medications cause patients to grind or clench their teeth.

How do patients know if they suffer from Bruxism?

Bruxism often wears down the teeth, causing them to be flat, cracked, or chipped. Patients may experience fatigue or pain in their jaws. Typically, the teeth become sensitive to cold and heat. Earaches and headaches are other possible sings of bruxism. During the routine dental exam, the dentist assesses the patient for signs of bruxism

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