Posts Categorized: Bruxism is the act of grinding your teeth

Cosmetic Dentistry when You Have Bruxism

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Smile improvement is something that most of us consider at some point in our lives. With today’s advanced techniques and dental technologies, more people can enjoy cosmetic dentistry when you have bruxism. However, some things can affect your smile’s appearance without you realizing it, or can impact the success of your cosmetic dental treatment. For… Read more »

3 Things Bruxism Does to Your Smile

Bruxism is the clinical name for the constant, unconscious grinding of your teeth. Though commonly referred to as a habit, the truth is that bruxism is a chronic condition, and patients who experience it often can’t stop even if they wanted to. The good news is that Dr. James Fondriest can likely treat your condition… Read more »

Treating TMJ Could Relieve Your Tiredness

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There is nothing quite like a good night’s sleep to improve your attitude and your outlook on the world. But what happens when you wake up in the morning still feeling exhausted? Few things are as important to your overall health as getting adequate rest each night, which is why anything interfering with your quality… Read more »

Do You Wake Up with Sore Cheeks and Temples?

Do you have frequent sore cheeks or temples? Some people experience pain and tension in their facial regions after waking up. Sleep is supposed to rejuvenate your mind and body after a long day of work or school. Unfortunately, some people wake up with even more tension and pain. Headaches, dizziness, earaches, and jaw pain… Read more »

What Happens When You Constantly Grind Your Teeth?

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Bruxism, or the constant grinding of your teeth, can be a serious problem when you allow it to continue for too long. It’s true that your teeth and jaws were meant to clench and grind without sustaining damage. But, when there’s no food between them, the intense bite pressure can significantly wear down and damage… Read more »

3 Things Your Bruxism Treatment Might Include

Bruxism is the chronic grinding of your teeth, often at night, and for many patients, it can be the source of numerous forms of discomfort and dental health symptoms. Fortunately, patients can typically save their smiles with bruxism treatment with help from their dentist. Today, we take a look at what that treatment might include,… Read more »

Are Your Teeth Wearing Down? Chronic bruxism

Teeth Wearing Done due to Night-time grinding, chronic bruxism Bruxism, clenching or gnashing of teeth is common to everyone.  Although everyone has some tooth on tooth wear, the amount of manifested tooth structure loss varies dramatically.  Tooth on tooth contact and the subsequent loss of tooth structure or volume is called attrition.  Tooth attrition can… Read more »

Why Ignoring Bruxism Is Hazardous

It’s easy to ignore the fact that you’re grinding your teeth when you’re stressed or angry. It’s just as easy to miss it when you experience bruxism, which describes consistently grinding your teeth. The trouble with ignoring bruxism is that the persistent friction and grinding can make your teeth weak and sensitive, wearing them down… Read more »

Why Some People Chronically Grind Their Teeth

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You may not realize it as you occasionally grind your teeth together, but the habit of doing so could be a potentially serious dental issue. Most people clench their jaws and grit their teeth when under extreme pressure or physical strain, or when experiencing a strong negative emotion, like anger. However, many people chronically grind… Read more »

What’s Bruxism And Why Is It Bad?

Have you heard the term bruxism, but were too embarrassed to ask what it was? Maybe you’ve even been told that it’s bad for your teeth, but you still didn’t know what exactly “it” was. Well bruxism is the medical term for habitually grinding your teeth. You may have noticed other people grinding their teeth… Read more »

Is Your Malocclusion Causing Headaches?

Do you get frequent headaches? Headaches are a common malady. One in every eight Americans suffer recurring headaches. According to research, 80 percent of those headaches are caused by muscular tension. But did you know that your tension headache may be coming from your teeth and jaw?  Today, we discuss how your teeth can be… Read more »

What Your Oral Health Can Tell You

Your body is made up of many different systems. But no one system exists in and of itself. Each system is dependent on the others. For instance, your brain (nervous system) tells your heart to beat (circulatory system). Our muscles, skin, and organs rely on our skeletal system (our bones) to hold them up, but… Read more »

Which Comes First, Depression Or Tooth Loss?

Are you depressed and anxious because you are experiencing tooth loss, or are you experiencing tooth loss due to feelings of depression and anxiety? It is commonly held that your dental health is associated with your overall health, as well as your emotional well-being. Periodontal disease has been linked to conditions such as diabetes, heart… Read more »

Do You Need A Dental Crown?

“I don’t have any tooth pain.  Why do I need a crown?”  This question is frequently posed to dentists.  Basically, the reasons for needing a dental crown are to protect teeth that have been weakened by decay, fracture, or a large, old filling that has failed.  In some situations, decay has done so much damage… Read more »

The Grinding Phenomenon

You can’t exactly control yourself when you’re asleep. Though this doesn’t usually pose a problem, there are some things you might unconsciously do that could cause harm to your teeth and other oral structures. Bruxism, or the habit of grinding your teeth, typically affects patients in their sleep, although it can often manifest during the… Read more »

When Clenching Teeth Becomes an Issue

Your teeth go through enough stress in one day with biting and chewing your food, but for some people, that pressure is multiplied by constant clenching and grinding. Clinically known as bruxism, the habit of clenching your teeth may not produce any symptoms, or it may wear down your teeth enough to damage them or… Read more »

How Clenching Your Teeth Affects Your Dental Health

Even when patients diligently brush and floss their teeth, certain habits like teeth clenching can cause significant dental problems. For example, habitually grinding teeth can wear down a tooth’s natural defenses, leading to a host of dental problems that can destroy your smile. Clinically known as bruxism, habitual teeth grinding is more common than many… Read more »

General Dentistry from Lake Forest Dental Arts

How often do you visit the dentist? Regular dental care is crucial for maintaining a healthy and beautiful smile. Without routine dental care, your smile may become susceptible to a number of serious dental problems, including tooth decay, gum disease, and even TMJ disorder. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, we provide the latest in quality… Read more »

Do You Suffer from TMJ Disorder?

  Did you know that TMD disorder, or TMJ, affects over ten million people in the United States alone? Jaw strain that results in TMJ disorder can lead to a number of uncomfortable symptoms. Without treatment, TMJ disorder may make eating and even yawning difficult. Fortunately,  Dr. James Fondriest, offers the experience and knowledge necessary… Read more »

Stress Management to Control Teeth Grinding

Management of your teeth grinding Our last post explained the basic symptoms and solutions of bruxism, or grinding teeth. In this post, Dr. James Fondriest, a Lake Forest IL dentist specializing in jaw pain, explains how stress contributes to bruxism and outlines steps you can take to control and prevent teeth grinding. Bruxism is a… Read more »

Lake Forest Dentist Explains Bruxism: Grinding and Clenching Teeth

Many people clench and grind their teeth occasionally, which causes little harm. However, frequent teeth grinding, medically called bruxism, can damage teeth and lead to other health complications. Stress, anxiety, an abnormal bite, and misaligned teeth are some reasons people grind and clench their teeth.  Because many people grind their teeth at night, they are… Read more »

Learn to How Manage Teeth Grinding

Do you display signs of teeth grinding? If you’ve answered yes, then you should make an effort to visit a dentist soon. Overtime, an untreated habit of teeth grinding can lead to temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD. This jaw dysfunction typically develops from prolonged tension and stress applied to the jaw joints. TMD can lead… Read more »

Popping Jaw Causes and Remedies with Your Lake Forest IL Dentist

How often has this happened to you? You’re sitting down, about to take a bite of your favorite hamburger or piece of sushi and, as you open your mouth, you hear a familiar popping or clicking sound in your jaw. Even if it doesn’t cause any pain, that loud popping noise can be disconcerting and,… Read more »

Lake Forest Cosmetic Dentist Discusses How Implants Can Positively Affect Your Life

You may not realize just how serious tooth loss is until you’ve actually lost some or all of your teeth. Even if you haven’t lost your teeth, damaged teeth can seriously impair the function and appearance of your mouth, as well as your overall oral health. In the past, dentists relied on dentures and bridges… Read more »

Lake Forest Dentist: TMD and Earaches

  Do you experience frequent TMJ earaches or a constant ringing in your ears? Have common over-the-counter pain remedies failed to solve the problem? Your earache might be a sign of a far more serious condition. Lake Forest cosmetic dentist, Dr. James Fondriest, explains the symptoms of TMJ disorder, also known as TMD, and treatment… Read more »

Neck pain and tooth grinding – Easing Neck Pain

  Many people in America suffer from neck pain and tooth grinding. Over-the-counter pain relievers seem to do little, and the cause of their aches remains a mystery. Constant pains in the neck, head, or face, could be a sign of more serious disorder called TMD or TMJ. Your Lake Forest dentist, Dr. James Fondriest,… Read more »

Lake Forest Dentist Asks: Why are You Losing Sleep?

Losing sleep now and then is natural. Tossing and turning, or sleeping for short periods throughout the night may only happen once in a blue moon for you. Good sleep allows you to reap several benefits, like a happier mood, a better memory, and more productivity. For some, sleep seems uninterrupted but still results in… Read more »

Lake Forest Dentist Discusses Diagnosing TMJ Dysfunction

TMJ refers to the tempromandibular joints that lay in either side of your face, where the jaw connects to the skull. Nestled within the joint is a cartilage disc that allows for full articulation of the jaw. Healthy TMJ function lets you to open and close your jaw with a smooth gliding motion. Any disruption… Read more »

Bruxism and Restorations in Chicago

Teeth grinding, known clinically as bruxism, is the repeated clenching of the jaw, sometimes causing tooth damage that can ultimately require restorative work. If you already have restorations, you might wonder if your bruxism will damage your new beautiful smile. Today, our Lake Forest cosmetic dentist Dr. James Fondriest shares some helpful information about bruxism… Read more »

Causes of Bruxism | Teeth Grinding

What is bruxism? Bruxism is a serious dental health condition. Grinding your teeth can create tiny lesions on your tooth enamel. Even though enamel is harder than platinum, this outer surface will begin to erode with severe grinding pressure over extended periods. Sufferers of bruxism wear down their enamel by clenching their jaw during the… Read more »

Your Chicago Dentist Discusses How TMJ Affects Your Dental Health

In past blogs, we discussed TMJ dysfunction and TMJ disorder symptoms. TMJ disorder is a common condition that varies in severity from patient to patient. The most noticeable TMJ symptoms produce discomfort and pain in the face, neck, jawbones, and the ears. However, teeth grinding (bruxism) is often interrelated with TMJ dysfunction. Bruxism is best… Read more »

Many People Grind or Clench Their Teeth

Many people grind or clench their teeth unconsciously.  Whether awake or asleep, this difficult-to-break habit, officially known as bruxism, can have detrimental effects on not only your teeth, but also your overall health. Breaking the habit while awake is not as serious as when asleep because—of course—it’s nearly impossible to break an involuntary action if… Read more »

Breaking Down: Your Chicago Dentist Repairs Dental Damage

We all remember how the terror of a loose tooth was offset by the subsequent visit from the Tooth Fairy. However, we only get one set of adult permanent teeth, and losing one is hardly a cause for celebration. Proper oral hygiene is the most important part of caring for your teeth, but minimizing and… Read more »

Chronic Headaches? Could Be TMJ!

You may have heard about TMJ disorder, but did you know that this jaw problem can cause earaches, headaches, tingling fingers, and even chronic migraines? Your TMJs, or temporomandibular joints, connect your jaw to your skull, just below your ears. These hinge joints allow motion of the mouth, so the jaw can move back and… Read more »

Chicago: Don’t Let Your Teeth Reveal Your Age! (Part 1)

Do you look older than you feel? If you’ve tried anti-aging products but something is still missing, you might need to look at your teeth. Changes in your body when you age can affect your teeth, as can the accumulation of daily wear. Dr. James Fondriest, a cosmetic dentist serving Chicago’s North Shore, can help… Read more »

Your Chicago Cosmetic Dentist Repairs the Results of Bruxism

If you have issues with bruxism (also called nighttime grinding) your dentist may have given you a bite guard to wear at night. But your dentist may not have the ability required to repair the effects of bruxism.  Dr. James Fondriest, a cosmetic dentist in Lake Forest, IL, can restore your teeth and reverse the… Read more »