Bruxism (Teeth Grinding) Treatment – Temple, TX

Keep Your Teeth Safe as You Sleep

Bruxism is a condition in which you grind your teeth and clench your jaw unconsciously and may occur during the day or while sleeping. Nighttime clenching is considered a sleep-related movement disorder and in such cases people are more likely to have other sleep disorders, such as snoring and sleep apnea.

When teeth grinding occurs on a regular basis the teeth can be damaged and other oral health complications can arise. The constant pressure and motion can also harm muscles and tissues in and around the jaw. That's where bruxism (teeth grinding) treatment at our Temple, TX dental office comes in. 


Why Choose Richard Fossum, DDS for Bruxism (Teeth Grinding) Treatment?

  • Fully Personalized, Comfortable Mouthguards
  • Insurance Accepted, In-House Savings Available
  • Skilled Dentists and Experienced Team

The Facts About Bruxism

Sleeping woman clenching and grinding teeth

Common symptoms of bruxism include a dull, constant headache, earache or sore jaw when you wake up. Many times people learn they grind their teeth by their sleeping partners.

Why bruxism occurs is not always clear and rarely occurs alone. Causes may include job related stress, psychoactive substances, anxiety, poor eating and sleeping habits or misaligned teeth.

Constant clenching of the jaw and grinding of the teeth 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 of your enamel over time, which will cause dental problems.

A Solid Solution

Nightguard used to prevent bruxism damage

How can you stop an unconscious habit? A thorough evaluation during your preventive dentistry visit 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 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 night-guard will eliminate the problem. However, if the condition persists, we can prescribe alternative therapies to correct the issue. If your teeth were damaged because of bruxism our team will repair and treat you to provide relief.