Bruxism, a disorder in which patients grind their teeth or clench their jaw on a regular basis, can damage smiles and lead to serious complications. But what should a patient do to stop teeth grinding? We can help, with a customized treatment option to stop bruxism and prevent further damage to your smile.

Frequently Asked Questions About Teeth Grinding

Question: What causes bruxism?

Answer: Teeth grinding can occur for a number of different reasons. Missing teeth, misalignment, and injury to the face or jaw could lead to the onset of the disorder. However, the most common cause is high levels of stress in your day-to-day life. Often easing your teeth grinding episodes means reducing anxiety in your daily life.

Question: What are indicators that I need treatment?

Answer: If you don’t have a significant other to let you know you grind your teeth, then you may need to look for the common symptoms that occur in waking hours. Patients with bruxism may have persistent headaches, jaw pain, tooth sensibility, and toothaches. If one or more of thee symptoms applies to you, then consider seeing your dentist for an exam.

Question: How does TMJ treatment stop patients from grinding their teeth?

Answer: We can use an oral appliance to place a barrier between the upper and lower teeth and also reposition the jaw. Doing so often prevents further damage and stops additional grinding/clenching episodes. Remember, treatment is crucial to avoid the risks of damaged teeth, decay, and infection.

Question: Is the disorder related to TMJ disorder at all?

Answer: Often, untreated TMJ disorder, an issue in which the jaw joints undergo excessive strain, can lead to bruxism. Likewise, the strain grinding your teeth places on the jaw joints can often lead to TMJ disorder.


At Bailey Dental Care, we can help stop teeth grinding episodes and restore the health of your smile. Give us a call to set up a checkup and cleaning for you or a member of your family. To learn more, schedule a consultation, call Bailey Dental Care in Gladstone, MO, today at (816) 452-9700.