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Teeth Grinding

TEETH GRINDING AND CLENCHING (Bruxism)
Bruxism is either the clenching or grinding of teeth, or both of them together. Drs. Ricco, Akseizer and Pappas will often recommend a mouth appliance to prevent damage to your teeth, and stress reduction to change the behavior.
What is bruxism?
Bruxism is either the clenching or grinding of teeth, or both of them together. It is usually a greater problem at night when one is unaware that they are doing it. Often the patientís partner will be the first to notice it as they can hear the noise coming from the other side of the bed. It is commonly believed that this subconscious nighttime bruxism is due to stress and anxiety.
What damage does bruxism do ?
Grinding can damage teeth by scraping and wearing away the surface. This can be a cosmetic problem, as teeth shorten and change shape, and can lead to sensitive teeth as the enamel becomes worn. Clenching can cause muscle strain and fatigue, earaches and headaches, and put severe stress on the hinge of the jaw, the temperomandibular joint.
How can Drs. Ricco, Akseizer and Pappas treat bruxism?
Drs. Ricco, Akseizer or Pappas will give you a thorough examination to see if your teeth or dental work has been damaged by the bruxing. Though there is no sure treatment for bruxism, it has been positively linked to stress and anxiety. They will probably suggest modifying your behavior to bring down the stress in your life. To prevent damage to your teeth, they will prepare a custom-fitted plastic appliance for you to wear when you sleep. This wonít stop the bruxing, but the plastic of the appliance will prevent your top and bottom teeth from contacting each other.
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Plainview NY Teeth Grinding Dentist Dr. Ricco Dr. Akseizer Dr. Pappas of The Ricco Dental Group 516.931.3999 l Long Island Dentist l Cosmetic & Family Dentist - Bruxism is either the clenching or grinding of teeth, or both of them together. Dr. Ricco will often recommend a mouth appliance to prevent damage to your teeth, and stress reduction to change the behavior.