What is Bruxism?

What is Bruxism? Treating teeth grinding

Do you often find yourself clenching or grinding your teeth?

Teeth grinding, or bruxism, is a condition that 10% of adults have been diagnosed with. People often grind their teeth because they are stressed or anxious. There are also several risk factors, such as an abnormal bite or missing and crooked teeth. Patients with those conditions may be more prone to bruxism than others.

Common Symptoms of Bruxism

There are a variety of symptoms of bruxism to look out for, including:

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

Bruxism wears down teeth over time, which is why it is important to treat damaged teeth and prevent bruxism at the source.

Treatment Options for Bruxism

Dental Splint Therapy

Dental splint therapy is used to prevent teeth clenching and grinding for short periods of time. This solution treats muscle tension and pain caused by bruxism.


This option corrects crooked teeth which are often a cause of teeth clenching and grinding. Straightening teeth can also help combat tooth decay and gum disease.

Dental Crowns

Used like caps to cover teeth, dental crowns protect worn-down teeth that have been damaged by chronic teeth clenching and grinding. Dental crowns restore teeth to a natural shape and size, making it easier to function.

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is used to restore the appearance of worn teeth. A composite resin material is applied, shaped, and polished to teeth for a brighter and more uniform look.

Custom Mouthguards

Mouthguards take pressure off of the jaw and allow teeth to align properly. A custom mouthguard can also prevent further wear and tear to teeth.

Schedule an Appointment

If you have noticed the symptoms of bruxism, call our professionals today. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Gittleman at (973) 538-4284.