Bruxism Succasunna, NJ

Do you clench and grind your teeth? You may have bruxism.

Dr. Ira Goldberg treats teeth clenching and grinding in Succasunna, NJ. Bruxism, or teeth clenching and grinding, is a dental concern with many short and long-term consequences. Patients may have irritated nerves and facial pain short term. The tooth enamel weakens over time and can become damaged or worn down with the increased tension that bruxism provides.

In addition, clenching or grinding teeth increases pressure on teeth. The pressure of chronic bruxism is 40 times stronger than the pressure exerted from normal chewing. During sleep, the pressure of teeth grinding does not go away. Those who have problems with nightly bruxism may have weak gums and teeth. Furthermore, not everyone is aware of the problem because it happens while they are asleep.

At Morris County Dental Associates, our dental team helps patients with tooth pain and jaw pain from chronic teeth clenching and grinding. We work one-on-one with patients to find the source of their dental problems and help craft an effective solution.

Teeth Grinding in Succasunna, NJ

Treating Bruxism at Morris County Dental Associates, LLC

We can address the most moderate cases of bruxism through behavior modification. For example, tongue exercises and learning how to properly align the tongue, teeth, and lips. Patients with mild to moderate bruxism often benefit from oral appliances. Oral appliances act like mouthguards and prevent teeth from clenching or grinding together.

They also take the pressure off of the jaw and allow teeth to naturally connect. After receiving treatment with oral appliances, some patients may need restorative treatment. For example, if you have worn teeth or damaged teeth due to bruxism. Patients can receive other restorative solutions such as dental crowns to protect teeth from further wear and tear.

Signs of Bruxism

Be aware of these symptoms that often accompany chronic teeth clenching and grinding:

  • Worn teeth
  • Jaw pain
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Chronic headaches
  • Facial pain
  • Muscle tenderness

If you have noticed any of these signs, call 973-298-5893. Our dental team is here to help.

Bruxism FAQs

How can I relax my jaw bruxism?

You can relax your jaw muscles by opening your mouth and touching your tongue to the front of your teeth. This will prevent you from grinding your teeth since your tongue is a barrier between top and bottom sets.

What happens if bruxism is left untreated?

If left untreated, bruxism can cause damage to teeth that is not reversible. It may remove tooth enamel and cause tooth fractures and decay.

Is bruxism curable?

There is no cure to bruxism, however treatment can significantly help reduce symptoms and prevent further damage. If you are concerned about your teeth grinding call us today to schedule a consultation!

In what stage of sleep does bruxism occur?

Most patients experience symptoms of bruxism in stages 1 and 2 of sleep. It is uncommon for patients to grind their teeth during REM sleep. Many patients are entirely unaware that they grind their teeth at all.

How can I relax my jaw bruxism?

The best way to relax jaw bruxism is to practice jaw and facial exercises and massages. This will help loosen facial muscles that may be tense, causing bruxism. Changing your diet may also help reduce bruxism symptoms.

Is bruxism curable?

There is no official cure for bruxism but there are ways patients can attempt to relieve symptoms and damage. Wearing a night guard and reducing the level of stress in your day to day life are the best ways to protect against and reduce the frequency of grinding.

Request a Consultation

Contact our office at 973-298-5893 or schedule an appointment with us on our website. Dr. Goldberg is a dentist in Succasunna, NJ that assists patients with chronic dental problems.