Bruxism Basics

jawpainwomansweaterHas anyone every told you that they can hear you grinding your teeth together? Do you find that your jaw feels sore or that you have a mild headache in the morning? During your preventive dental checkups, we will thoroughly examine your oral cavity and ask a series of questions to find out if you suffer from an oral condition called bruxism that is characterized by teeth grinding or clenching. You may assume this problem is something that a lot of people deal with – this is true. However, you may also assume the problem is no big deal. This assumption is false. The side effects and long-term damage associated with grinding can become highly problematic. Rather than waiting another moment, we encourage you to find out if bruxism treatment may improve your daily comfort and general oral health.

Do You Suffer From Bruxism?

While your best bet is to visit us for a thorough dental checkup, so we may determine the underlying cause of your discomfort, you may also do a self-check for bruxism. By looking over the following common symptoms, you may gain a better idea of whether this problem is affecting you and whether treatment may help:

  • You grind your teeth or you clench your jaws and teeth
  • People have heard you gnashing your teeth together
  • The surfaces of your teeth are beginning to appear worn
  • You suffer from heightened tooth sensitivity
  • Your jaws feel sore or tired
  • You suffer from frequent headaches
  • Earaches affect you quite often
  • You tend to tense up your jaw when you feel stressed

How We Will Treat You

We refer to bruxism treatment as preventive because we can typically stop your symptoms, while helping you avoid long-term damage. This treatment is simple and non-invasive. We will provide you with a custom-fitted oral appliance, which is a comfortable device much like a mouth guard. You will wear the appliance while you sleep – a time when many people grind their teeth without realizing it. The therapy will provide a barrier that will keep your teeth from touching – we may also use it to take stress off of your jaw joints for comprehensive relief.


For over 15 years, Dr. Michele Collier and the talented professionals at Waterstone Family Dentistry have provided comfortable, compassionate dental care to patients of all ages from Fuquay Varina, NC, as well as Holly Springs, Angier, Willow Springs, Raleigh, and all surrounding communities. If you’d like to learn more, you can schedule a consultation with Dr. Collier by calling (919) 557-5250 today.

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