Bruxism (Teeth Grinding)

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Bruxism (Teeth Grinding) services offered in Tucson, AZ

Bruxism, also known as teeth grinding, is a serious dental health issue. If you or a loved one experiences bruxism, help is available from the compassionate and professional team at Get It Straight Orthodontics and Family Dentistry in Tucson, Arizona. Booking a visit is simple by using the online booking tool or making a quick call to the office.

Bruxism (Teeth Grinding) Q&A

What is bruxism?

Bruxism is the medical term used to describe teeth grinding. Most people who experience bruxism grind their teeth while asleep, but some clench their jaws or grind their teeth during waking hours. 


Bruxism is a serious dental health issue because it can damage your tooth enamel. Teeth grinding also places undue pressure on your teeth, increasing the risk of dental problems. You can even damage your jaw joints.


It’s important to see a dentist if you are concerned about symptoms of bruxism. Treatment can correct the issue and prevent further tooth or joint damage. 

How do I know if I have bruxism?

Many people have no idea they’re experiencing bruxism until a dental problem arises. In fact, feedback from your sleep partner might be the first indication that you are grinding your teeth at night. 


Some of the signs of bruxism include:


  • Tooth pain or heightened sensitivity
  • Visibly worn-down teeth
  • Pain in your jaw, face, or neck
  • Headaches
  • Damage to the soft tissue inside your cheeks
  • Sleep disruption
  • Chipped, fractured, or loose teeth


The people who sleep near you might hear the sounds of nighttime teeth grinding, which can disrupt their ability to get a full night’s rest. 

What can be done to treat bruxism?

Your dentist performs a thorough dental exam to check for signs of teeth grinding. Your observations about headaches, jaw pain, or other changes further assist in the diagnostic process. 


If bruxism is present, treatment depends on your specific set of needs. A custom bruxism appliance is one of the most common ways to treat bruxism. This oral appliance is crafted to fit comfortably inside your mouth during sleep. It provides a physical barrier between your upper and lower teeth, preventing damage from grinding.


If you’d like to meet with the team at Get It Straight Orthodontics and Family Dentistry to learn more about diagnostic or treatment services for bruxism, call or click to schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience.