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What is Bruxism?

older woman holding jaw from bruxism painBruxism is a condition caused by the clenching of the jaw, which leads to grinding of the teeth. It is an incredibly common habit that typically happens unconsciously while sleeping, but can also happen at any time during the day. Clenching of the jaw and grinding of the teeth typically begins as a conscious habit during stressful, anxious, frustrating or angry moments. Over time, it easily becomes an unconscious habit that is hard to stop. In very rare occasions, bruxism can be caused by certain medications that are meant to treat depression.

Occlusal Gaurd Therapy

When clenching or grinding occurs, it causes wear on your teeth, can lead to a tooth fracture, jaw pain and/or limited jaw mobility, as well as headaches and compromised sleep. While there is no specific cure for bruxism, Oakwood Dental can help treat this condition and manage the symptoms with an occlusal guard. Also known as an NTI, an occlusal guard is a custom-fitted oral appliance designed to wear while you sleep, that prevents you from clenching and/or grinding and causing further damage to your jaw and teeth. This is a quick appointment done in our office and completed the same day for your convenience.


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