The Crux of Bruxism
Some patients react to stress by grinding their teeth unconsciously during the day or, more commonly, while sleeping. The constant pressure and motion can harm teeth, as well as muscles and tissues in and around the jaw. The condition, known as bruxism, can be remedied with a nightguard.

The Facts About Clenching & Grinding
Common symptoms of bruxism include a sore jaw, headaches, or earaches. Causes vary, but may include stress, anxiety, tension, misaligned teeth, posture, diet, sleeping habits, and other factors. Bruxism is most prevalent in women and generally found in about one-third of the population.

Individuals who react to stress with anger, pain, frustration, aggression, or competition are most commonly affected. People with bruxism may have other biting habits, such as biting fingernails, pencils, lips, or the insides of their cheeks.

Constant clenching and grinding of the teeth can cause not only the aforementioned symptoms, but it may also contribute to TMJ (temporomandibular joint) dysfunction, which has a long list of side effects associated with pain in the head and neck. Teeth rubbing together consistently will result in surface wear over time, which will cause dental problems. Insomnia, eating disorders, and depression can result from bruxism if left untreated.

A Solid Solution
How can you stop an unconscious habit? A thorough evaluation will allow us to check your teeth, tissues, and muscles. If we determine that you suffer from bruxism, we'll create an orthodontic appliance, also called a nightguard or splint, to prevent grinding and clenching. Many types of nightguards exist, and patients react differently to the various styles. If one appliance does not work, another may. In many cases, simply wearing a nightguard will eliminate the problem. However, if the condition persists, we can prescribe alternative therapies to correct the issue.

Some practices that can relieve symptoms of bruxism include stress and anxiety management, focused facial relaxation, massage and stretching of face and neck muscles, applying ice or wet heat, proper rest, eating soft foods, and hydrating the body. If your teeth were damaged because of bruxism, or if we find TMJ to be a factor, our team will repair and treat you to provide complete relief.

Back to Preventive Dentistry

Dr. Long listens and understands my needs. He is compassionate and is 100% dedicated to patient satisfaction.

Dr. Long is a wonderful dentist with a great “chair side” manner. I would not go to another dental office. He really looks after his patients. Dr. Long's office staff is very personable and thorough.

Dr. Long has been my dentist for a while now. I am very pleased with him and his staff. They are very professional and personal to my family. My kids are pleased and happy to be with his office. I recommend him to all of my family and friends. He is a very patient and caring doctor.

Looking for a dentist, let me recommend mine, Dr. Troy Long. Dr. Long and his professional staff have attended to my dental needs for the past eight years. I'm impressed you will be also.

Dr. Long is a wonderful person and dentist. He is very patient and understanding. He takes the time to explain what he will be doing with your teeth. He makes sure you're feeling okay before you leave his office.

I believe that a smile can make someone's day. I like to make a difference in the lives of others and one way I can do this is with my smile. Dr. Troy Long and his staff take great care of my teeth. This is very important to me so that my smile is always at it's best.

Dr. Long is very personable. He takes his time and really cares that you feel good about your smile.

Dr. Long and his staff have always made me feel like more than a patient. When there, I feel like family. Thanks for the way you have taken care of my family