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Why Do People Grind Their Teeth? Bruxism Explained by Dr. Caputo


Nighttime teeth grinding, known as bruxism, is a condition that involves the clenching of the jaws and grinding of the teeth as a patient sleeps. Left untreated, bruxism can lead to intense headaches, chronic migraines, damage to teeth, and TMJ disorder. At the Naperville, IL dental office of Dr. Paul V. Caputo, we offer a comprehensive bruxism solution that helps prevent further damage and alleviates discomfort in a way that suits your lifestyle.

The Importance of Treating Bruxism

Stress and anxiety are the two main culprits behind teeth grinding, though the majority of people who suffer from bruxism aren’t even aware of their unconscious behavior while they sleep. Sometimes, a partner will awake to the sound of the teeth grinding together. Other times, the first signs of bruxism are detected by a dentist at a routine checkup. In many cases, the patient suffers from such severe headaches and jaw pain that they finally contact a doctor, who can then refer them to a dental professional with experience in the treatment of tooth grinding.

At the office of Dr. Caputo, we treat bruxism with the advanced technology of NTI-tss (Nociceptive Trigeminal Inhibition). A customized mouthpiece, also referred to as a nighttime oral appliance, is worn only while you sleep. It reduces the intensity of jaw clenching and grinding by a full third, allowing the jaws to relax in a natural, comfortable position. Ask us about how the revolutionary, highly acclaimed NTI-tss device can help you today.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

If you suspect that you or someone in your family is suffering from nighttime tooth grinding, or bruxism, contact our office today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Caputo and our team. We look forward to showing you what a difference our dedication, experience, and technology can make in your daily life with comprehensive bruxism treatment in Naperville, IL. Our family-friendly office also serves patients from nearby communities in the surrounding cities of Aurora, Plainfield, Romeoville, Bolingbrook, and throughout Northwestern Illinois.

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