According to recent research, over 82 million Americans currently grind or clench their teeth. Also known as bruxism, this serious dental issue can damage teeth and lead to medical complications, such as TMJ disorder. At The Silverstrom Group, we provide the treatment necessary to stop bruxism and repair damaged teeth. In today’s blog, your Livingston dentists, Dr. David Silverstrom and Dr. Gary Silverstrom, explain the causes and symptoms of teeth grinding. Causes of Teeth Grinding Why do people grind their teeth? A number of factors can lead to the onset of bruxism. The most common are bite misalignment, or malocclusion, and stress. An increase in day-to-day anxiety may manifest itself as chronic teeth grinding. Symptoms of Teeth Grinding Many people grind or clench their teeth during sleep. As a result, they may not even be aware they suffer from bruxism. There are multiple signs to watch for, including: · Jaw and face pain · Headaches · Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures · Toothaches Without treatment, a patient may eventually cracked or chip their teeth. In rare cases, bruxism may actually cause a person to wear down their teeth, exposing to the sensitive inner tooth structure to bacteria. Without treatment, the tooth may develop tooth decay or become infected. Eliminating Bruxism Easing the symptoms of bruxism may be as simple as reducing the stress in your daily life. For severe cases however, your Livingston NJ general dentists may recommend an oral appliance. Similar to a night guard, this dental device prevents the upper and lower teeth fro touching, ending your episodes of teeth grinding. Using dental bonding and porcelain veneers, your Livingston dentists can also repair teeth that may have become damaged due to bruxism. Schedule an Appointment with Your Livingston NJ General Dentists Do you frequently grind or clench your teeth? If so, then talk to your Livingston NJ general dentists today. Dr. David Silverstrom and Dr. Gary Silverstrom will diagnose the cause and severity of your bruxism and prescribe the appropriate treatment. 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.