Bruxism - Grinding Your Teeth

Grinding & Clenching Your Teeth

Our Naperville dental office sees many patients who grind and clench their teeth. The dental term for these patients is called bruxers. These individuals grind their teeth too hard when they sleep. During sleep, the biting force can be up to six times greater than during waking hours. A Bite Appliance takes the punishment that your teeth would normally endure, to minimize the damage from grinding.

This behavior may cause:

  • Chipped front teeth 
  • Broken teeth or cracked fillings
  • Sore head and neck muscles,

Common causes:

  • Caffeine, emotional stress, anxiety, an uneven bite or missing teeth.


  • Fractures of teeth and fillings, teeth sensitive to cold & pressure, worn cusp tips and chipped front teeth, gum recession & root erosion, headaches and neck aches.


The condition of clenching and grinding is managed with:

  • A Bite Appliance with a Balanced Bite
  • Bite Adjustment (equilibration)
  • Relaxation technique
  • Daily exercise

A Bite Appliance takes two appointments:

  • First Appointment: impressions of your teeth are taken.
  • Second appointment: the Bite Appliance will be fitted and bite adjusted.

The Lifespan of a Bite Appliance is one to five years. It can protect you from the symptoms of teeth grinding if you wear it regularly

“Boil N Bite” Sports Mouthguards are not designed for this use. They can make problems worse because they do not have a balanced bite. Also, they are not comfortable enough to keep them in the mouth the whole night.

If you have any questions about grinding your teeth, please call our office. Dr. Nugent is a Naperville dentist who has extensive experience with treating this problem. Also, throughout this website, you will find plenty of information about our practice, procedures and dentistry in general. Please explore and learn as much about dentistry and our services as you desire. We believe our patients should have as much information as possible in order to make important, informed decisions regarding their dental health and treatment choices. Our patients are our most important asset, and we try to develop long lasting, trusting relationships with all of our patients. Your referrals are very welcome and appreciated. We look forward to seeing you!

Our office is conveniently located at the corner of Raymond Drive and Ogden Avenue. The building is behind the Walgreens Drug store and has parking on all sides. The main entrance is on the north side of the building where there is a turn around for disabled or elderly visitors. The south side entrance is located at the Convenient Care office. 

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