Millions of Americans suffer from a disorder that causes them to grind or clench their teeth. Bruxism can endanger the health and appearance of your smile. In today’s blog, your Livingston dentists, Dr. David Silverstrom and Dr. Gary Silverstrom, answer frequently asked questions about bruxism and discuss a comfortable and minimally invasive treatment option.


Bruxism Frequently Asked Questions

Question: What is bruxism?

Answer: Bruxism is a disorder that occurs when a person routinely grinds or clenches their teeth.

Question: What happens if I don’t seek treatment?

Answer: Grinding and clenching your teeth places strain on the jaw joints. This may lead to the onset of TMJ disorder, symptoms of which include jaw, face, and head pain. In addition, over time a patient may crack, chip, or even wear down their teeth due to bruxism.

Question: What are the symptoms of bruxism?

Answer: Many people only grind or clench their teeth during sleep and may be unaware they even suffer from bruxism. Common symptoms to watch for include: jaw pain, facial pain, headaches, tooth sensitivity, toothaches, and chipped or worn down teeth.

Question: How can I stop clenching my teeth?

Answer: First, Dr. David or Gary Silverstrom will perform an examination to diagnose the cause of your bruxism. Grinding and clenching can be the result of misalignment or even an increase in daily anxiety. In order to treat your bruxism, your Livingston NJ general dentists may recommend an oral appliance. Similar to a night guard, this intraoral device prevents the upper and lower teeth from touching, easing the symptoms of bruxism.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Livingston NJ General Dentists

Do you regularly grind or clench your teeth? Then talk to your Livingston NJ general dentists today. Drs. David and Gary Silverstrom will assess the cause and severity of your bruxism and recommend treatment. At The Silverstrom Group, we offer the latest in general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry to transform the health and beauty of our patients’ smiles. Contact The Silverstrom Group in Livingston, New Jersey by calling (973) 797-9345. The Silverstrom Group is located at 580 South Livingston Avenue, Livingston, New Jersey.