Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is a dental concern that can occur at any age. Bruxism may be the result of stress and anxiety. Those with an abnormal bite or missing and crooked teeth can be more prone to bruxism than others. Many people may not realize they are grinding their teeth because bruxism often occurs unconsciously.

That is why it is important to visit the dentist and receive treatment earlier rather than later. Tooth quality may deteriorate because of the repeated wearing down of teeth caused by bruxism. Dr. Paul Cavanaugh is a Colorado Springs, CO dentist that treats bruxism at the source using multiple dental solutions. He works with patients to find the best treatment plan for their unique needs.


Signs of bruxism may include:

  • Worn teeth
  • Jaw pain
  • Teeth clenching
  • Chronic headaches
  • Facial pain
  • Cracked teeth
  • Muscle tenderness
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Lockjaw
  • Fractured teeth
  • Loose teeth

If you have noticed these symptoms, call Dr. Cavanaugh and his dental team at 719-528-1711. Bruxism is linked to increased structural problems in teeth as well as certain bite disorders. Patients with bruxism are prone to breaking or wearing down their teeth with the increased pressure that teeth grinding and jaw clenching puts on teeth.

If left untreated, bruxism can cause severe damage to teeth, jaw muscles, and joints.


Dr. Cavanaugh and his team offer custom bite guards for teeth clenching and grinding. These oral appliances work like mouth guards to keep teeth from touching. They take the pressure off of the jaw and help the upper and lower arches of teeth align properly.

Bite guards can be worn at night to prevent tooth damage. After receiving treatment with a bite guard, our staff can work with you to address your bite problems. We offer Invisalign to straighten crooked teeth.


Do you suffer from frequent jaw or tooth pain? You may have bruxism. Contact our dentist office for comprehensive treatment today by calling 719-528-1711 or schedule a consultation on our website. Your oral health and well-being is always our top priority.

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