The Problem with Bruxism

Bruxism, or chronic teeth-grinding, can create several different types of concerns for your immediate and long-term oral health. If you experience bruxism, the grinding occurs unconsciously and often at night. The persistent stress and friction can quickly wear down your teeth’s chewing surfaces, making them structurally weaker and more vulnerable. With a custom-designed oral appliance, we can help you stop grinding your teeth at night and avoid the consequences of damaged or compromised tooth structure. If necessary, we may also recommend an appropriate restoration to correct any tooth wear and damage that may have occurred.

The Symptoms of Bruxism

The grinding action associated with bruxism is typically subconscious, and even when it occurs during the day, you may not always notice it. This constant pressure and friction can lead to a wide range of telltale symptoms, including:

  • Sensitive, aching teeth
  • Soreness around your gums
  • Painful and sore jaws
  • TMJ disorder
  • Constant headaches (especially in the morning)
  • Difficulty biting (as your teeth’s chewing surfaces wear down)
  • And more

How Does a Bruxism Appliance Help?

If you experience symptoms of bruxism, or if we notice signs that your teeth are wearing down during your routine exam and cleaning appointment, then we may recommend addressing it with a custom-designed oral appliance. The greatest threat of bruxism is the repeated grinding of your teeth, especially at night; with a bruxism appliance, you can protect your teeth from that damage while still sleeping comfortably at night. Your appliance will be custom-designed specifically to fit your teeth and dental ridge, offering a protective barrier to prevent you from grinding them together throughout the night.

Stop Grinding Your Teeth Down

Bruxism can lead to serious problems with your oral health if you ignore it long enough. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Cain and our team, call Healthy Smiles in Gary, IN or Portage, IN today at 219-938-2637, or email our office at We proudly serve all of Northwest Indiana and surrounding areas.