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Grinding of Teeth

Alternate Names : Bruxism

Grinding of Teeth | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What can be done to prevent the condition?

Prevention and treatment of this condition are very similar. Treatment is aimed at stopping the habitual clenching or grinding of the teeth. A person should visit a dentist as soon as he or she is aware of this problem.

Prevention and treatment may include the following:

  • bite modification procedures, sometimes called bite equilibration
  • biofeedback therapy
  • mild sleeping aids
  • mouthguards to wear at night
  • muscle relaxants
  • orthodontia, or special dental appliances such as braces
  • repair of faulty dental crowns or restorations
  • replacement of missing teeth
  • stress management counseling
  • What are the long-term effects of the condition?

    If ignored or inadequately treated, teeth grinding can lead to the following serious complications:

  • gingivitis, or gum inflammation
  • loss of teeth
  • periodontitis, or inflammation of tissue around the base of a tooth
  • severe wear on teeth
  • temporomandibular joint disorders, or TMJ

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    Author: Marvin Goldfogel, DDS
    Reviewer: Adam Brochert, MD
    Date Reviewed: 08/21/01

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