Do you grind your teeth or clench your jaw?

Habitual teeth grinding, or bruxism can compromise the health and function of your jaw joint. Grinding the upper and lower jaw together repetitively adds stress to the delicate temporomandibular joint and may cause irreversible damage and painful symptoms. Patients who have bruxism may benefit from an oral sleep appliance that prevents grinding while sleeping.


Bioesthetic dentistry analyzes the entire chewing system in order to resolve complex dental concerns. Dr. Overholtzer examines the alignment of the bite, function of the jaw and health of the teeth and gums to create a customized treatment plan that will promote long-term results.

The jaw joint is delicate and if not properly functioning can easily become damaged. Patients who grind their teeth together put added stress on the joint. Many patients who grind their teeth experience chronic pain symptoms.

Signs you may be grinding your teeth include:

  • Headaches in the morning
  • Jaw pain
  • Tension in your shoulder, neck and upper back
  • Popping or click of your jaw
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing
  • Ringing in your ears or earaches

Because most patients grind their teeth while they sleep, bruxism can go untreated for far too long. Symptoms are often misdiagnosed and mistreated, so patients find little to no relief. If you grind your teeth or have chronic facial pain, contact Dr. Overholtzer to request a bioesthetic consultation. Our bioesthetic approach to your bruxism can help you find relief.