Thomas W. Snyder, DDS - Gentle General and Cosmetic Dentistry, 5035 Mayfield Road, Lyndhurst, Ohio 44124
Gentle General & Cosmetic Family Dentistry
5035 Mayfield Road  •  Suite 202  •  Lyndhurst, Ohio 44124  •  (216)381-3381
About Bruxism

Bruxism is the term that refers to an incessant grinding and clenching of the teeth, unintentionally, and in the majority of cases is done during sleep.  Bruxers (persons with Bruxism) are often unaware that they have developed this habit, and often do not know that treatment is available or needed until damage to the mouth and teeth has been done.  Damage caused by bruxism often includes the following symptoms.  However, each individual may experience symptoms differently.  Symptoms may include:
  • abraded teeth
  • facial pain
  • oversensitive teeth
  • tense facial and jaw muscles
  • headaches
  • dislocation of the jaw
  • damage to the tooth enamel, exposing the inside of the tooth (dentin)
  • a popping or clicking in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ)
  • tongue indentations
  • damage to the inside of the cheek
In most cases, Bruxism can be successfully treated.  Treatment usually involves an upper removable specially-fitted plastic mouth appliance that is worn at night to absorb the force of biting and protect the teeth.  This appliance helps to prevent future damage to the teeth and jaw joint (TMJ).  We have a special lab which makes these appliances which are made as small as possible so that they are comfortable to wear.  Beware of store bought appliances as they may cause permanent damage to the jaw joint.

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