Bruxism (pronounced BRUK-siz-um) is a chronic condition characterized by repetitive jaw-muscle activity resulting in excessive grinding, gnashing, or clenching your teeth. This condition can take place unconsciously during sleep or while awake.

Bruxism is a common problem and affects approximately 15 to 33% of children, and about 8 to 31% in the general population.

Why is it important?

Mild bruxism may not require treatment; however, frequent or severe bruxism may lead to other problems such as headaches, a sore jaw when you wake up, damaged teeth, jaw disorders or TMD/TMJ, and/or other oral health complications.

Because grinding often occurs during sleep, many people are often unaware that they grind their teeth until other problems result from the condition. Please watch the video to the right to see an example of the bruxism occurring during sleep.

Individuals with sleep bruxism are more likely to have other sleep disorders, such as snoring and sleep apnea.

What can I do to stop it?

If you suspect you may have bruxism, please visit with us so that we can discuss your jaw tenderness and examine you for excessive wear on your teeth.

Dr. Godfrey will discuss a treatment plan with you to reduce stress and anxiety, common causes for bruxism, as well as check for an abnormal bite and missing or crooked teeth.

If needed, he can also fit you with a special mouth guard to protect your teeth and/or shift your jaw to help open your airway during sleep.

If a sleeping disorder is contributing to your clenching or grinding, he may recommend a sleep study be performed to assist with diagnosing the issue.



If you would like more information, please call our office at 529-4321 for a FREE CONSULTATION!