Teeth Grinding

Cosmetic, General & TMJ Dentist Serving Boston, Medford, Winchester, Cambridge, Somerville & Nearby Massachusetts

young man clenching his teethYour spouse tells you they could hear you grinding your teeth again while you were sleeping last night. You noticed that your jaw has been feeling more stiff the last couple of weeks, and you have dull headaches bothering you throughout the day. You think there might be a connection between the headache pain and grinding your teeth. You decide it’s time to consult a dentist.

Cosmetic & Esthetic Dentistry is your Boston and surrounding area dentist to help you determine if teeth grinding is the cause of your pain. Our dentists and staff are committed to providing the most advanced and thorough dentistry to our patients. We will complete a thorough examination to determine if the cause of your aches and pains is related to teeth grinding, then discuss with you the most effective treatment.

Contact us today at 781-396-8558 to schedule a consultation and address your dental concerns.

What Causes Teeth Grinding?

Teeth grinding, known in the medical profession as bruxism, can be subject to a variety of sources for the cause. The most typical reasons for teeth grinding include:

  • TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder)
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Sleep apnea
  • Abnormal bite
  • Missing or crooked teeth

Most often people grind their teeth during their sleep when they are not aware they are doing it. Prolonged teeth grinding can cause oral decay along with symptoms such as:

  • Headaches
  • Facial tension
  • Sore jaw
  • Sinus pressure
  • Soreness in the neck and upper back

How Do I Stop Grinding My Teeth?

There are several medical and non-medical options to choose from to help reduce the symptoms from teeth grinding and help you stop the grinding altogether. Such options include:

  • Wearing a mouth guard fitted by your dentist
  • Discussing with a doctor stress reduction techniques
  • Avoid eating foods and drinking caffeine that contain caffeine: cola, chocolate, coffee, etc.
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Refrain from chewing on non-food related items as this can increase jaw pain
  • Learn and incorporate jaw relaxation tips into your everyday routine

Consulting with your dentist is a good first step to ensure that your teeth grinding is not caused by TMJ or some other problem associated with abnormal placement of your teeth or jaw alignment. A dentist can confirm or rule out that you grind your teeth due to one of these causes helping you pinpoint the cause, possibly stress-relate. Of course, it your dentist determines the cause is dental related, they can offer you solutions to correct the problem.

If you live in or around the Boston, Medford, Cambridge, Somerville, or Winchester, Massachusetts, area and you would like a dentist's opinion about your teeth grinding, contact Cosmetic & Esthetic Dentistry today at 781-396-8558 to schedule a consultation. Our world-class dentists are committed to providing you the time and individualized care you deserve to help relieve the symptoms from your teeth grinding.