Bruxism is a habit of grinding or clenching the teeth. 44 million Americans suffer from chronic bruxism. Clenching means you tightly hold your top and bottom teeth together. Grinding occurs when you slide your upper and lower teeth back and forth over each other. There are a few symptoms that are characteristic of bruxism. People who suffer from bruxism may or may not experience the following: headaches, sore jaw muscles, frequent toothaches, facial pain, worn or fractured enamel, loose teeth or fatigue.


Dr. Rigden can diagnose bruxism by looking for unusual wear spots on your teeth and discussing your symptoms. If you suffer from chronic bruxism, Dr. Rigden may recommend a night-guard to help protect your teeth and reduce symptoms. A night guard is custom-made by Dr. Rigden from a thermo-plastic material to fit your teeth. The night-guard slips over the upper or lower teeth and prevents contact. Call Rigden Dental today to discuss any pain or symptoms you may be suffering.