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Bruxism Specialist

Goodman & Rosenberg Dentistry

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Pleasantville, NJ

Grinding your teeth might not seem like a big deal until you develop temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain or break a tooth because of it. At Goodman & Rosenberg Dentistry in Pleasantville, New Jersey, Paul H. Goodman, DDS, and Jay L. Rosenberg, DDS, offer treatments to prevent or correct complications from bruxism. To find out more about bruxism and why it happens, call Goodman & Rosenberg Dentistry or book an appointment online today.

Bruxism Q & A

What is bruxism?

Bruxism is a fancy term for teeth grinding and clenching. If you have it, you might not even realize it. You might only grind your teeth at night during your sleep, or you might do it subconsciously. 

If you have mild bruxism, you might not require any treatment for your condition. Dr. Goodman, Dr. Rosenberg, and the team specialize in treating moderate to severe bruxism, which can cause complications like tooth breakage and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. 

What causes bruxism?

There may be several different factors contributing to your bruxism. If you grind your teeth while you’re awake, it may be due to stress, anxiety, anger, and other emotions. You might also do it subconsciously while you’re deep in concentration. 

Bruxism may be a side effect of certain medications, or it can be a symptom of certain disorders. You’re more likely to grind your teeth if you have epilepsy, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Parkinson’s disease, or dementia.

How can I tell if I have bruxism?

Even if you only grind your teeth subconsciously or during your sleep, you might eventually start to notice other signs and symptoms. You should book an appointment at Goodman & Rosenberg Dentistry for an evaluation and possible treatment for bruxism if you notice:

  • Tooth pain or sensitivity
  • Flattened bite surfaces of your teeth
  • Damaged tooth restorations
  • Chips or cracks in your teeth
  • Headaches concentrated in your temples
  • Jaw or face pain
  • Tight jaw muscles

If you don’t realize that you grind your teeth at night, someone else might tell you. Teeth grinding can be loud enough that someone who sleeps next to you might hear it. 

How is bruxism treated?

There are a few different approaches to take to teeth grinding treatment. The Goodman & Rosenberg team evaluates the extent of the damage and any complications you experience because of your teeth-grinding to create a treatment plan if treatment is necessary. Treatment for teeth grinding might involve:

Mouthguards or splints

A custom mouthguard or splint can hold your mouth slightly open while you sleep to prevent subconscious teeth grinding. 

Restorations

New restorations like crowns can restore the original shape of your tooth and correct structural damage from bruxism.

Medications

Medications like muscle relaxants or anti-anxiety medications may help relieve some of the tension in your jaw, causing you to grind your teeth. 

Botox® injections

Your dentist may suggest Botox injections, which can help control involuntary muscle movements. 

If you suspect you grind your teeth or know you do, call Goodman & Rosenberg Dentistry or book an appointment online for bruxism treatment today.