Whenever clenching or grinding of teeth result in damage or pain, it is s called “bruxism“. Bruxism is a disease that can damage the teeth, jaw joints, muscles and gums. Signs and symptoms of bruxism may include excessive enamel wear, loose teeth, popping and/or clicking in the joint, sore jaw joints, problems chewing, headaches, and temperature sensitivity in teeth. This disease process is not self-correcting and the damage will tend to be progressive over time without corrective treatment.
When bruxism causes jaw and muscle pain or damage to the temporal-mandibular joint it is often referred to as TMD.
Dr. Chester has devoted many hours of continued education to this subject and frequently treats individuals with mild to severe bruxism.
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