Do you ever wake up with frequent toothaches or an aching jaw? Do you suffer from tooth sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks? You may be suffering from a common and often painful disorder. Bruxism occurs when patients regularly grind their teeth or clench their jaws. In fact, over ten million people in the United States experience the effects of bruxism. Thankfully, treatment from your Livingston general dentists is available. In today’s blog, your Livingston dentists, Dr. David Silverstrom and Dr. Gary Silverstrom, answer frequently asked questions about bruxism and discuss our comfortable and minimally invasive treatment options.


Bruxism Frequently Asked Questions

Question: How do I know if I clench my jaw or grind my teeth?

Answer: In many cases, patients with bruxism only grind their teeth or clench their jaws during sleep. The common symptoms of bruxism include: toothaches, sore jaw, cracked or chipped teeth, tooth sensitivity, and headaches.

Question: What causes bruxism?

Answer: Bite misalignment is a frequent cause of teeth grinding. Other times, excessive stress in a patient’s life may lead to chronic bruxism.

Question: How soon should I see my Livingston dentists?

Answer: If you exhibit any of these symptoms, see your Livingston dentists right away. Over time, bruxism can damage your teeth, leaving your inner tooth structure exposed to bacteria and infection. In order to protect and preserve your smile, you should not delay treatment for your bruxism.

Question: What treatment options do Drs. David and Gary Silverstrom provide?

Answer: Dr. David or Gary Silverstrom may recommend a special oral appliance. Similar to a mouth guard, this dental device repositions to the jaw to eliminate misalignment and prevents the upper and lower teeth from touching, protecting your teeth. This simple procedure can help end your bruxism.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Livingston General Dentists

Do you have any more questions or concerns about the causes and symptoms of bruxism? Interested in our treatment to ease your teeth grinding episodes? Then contact your Livingston general dentists today. We offer the latest in general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry to transform 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.