Dental Bruxism

Do you ever wake up with dull headaches, vise-like pain, or stiff and/or sore jaw muscles? If so, you could have a habit of grinding or clenching your teeth called bruxism. Many people are unaware they are grinding their because it frequently happens while they are asleep. However, dental professionals, like Dr. Poore and the hygienists, can usually detect signs of wear on your teeth caused by bruxism.

Bruxism can be caused by stress, sleep disorders, an abnormal bit, or crooked or missing teeth. Grinding your teeth can result in pain, fracturing, loosening of teeth, or tooth loss. Patients can actually grind away parts of their teeth, leaving them with worn surfaces or fractured enamel. Bruxism can not only wear down your teeth and damage dental work, but can also cause aching muscles and headaches.

Fortunately, treatment for bruxism and any damaged teeth is available. Options include reducing stress, exercises to relax jaw muscles, using a custom made night guard while sleeping, and getting fillings or other dental treatment to fix the damaged teeth.

If you suspect you are grinding or clenching your teeth, schedule an appointment to talk to us about your symptoms and possible treatment plans at (909) 484-4888 or email