When teeth grinding, medically called bruxism, occurs on a regular basis the teeth can be damaged
Most people probably grind and clench their teeth from time to time, medically called bruxism. Occasional teeth grinding does not usually cause harm, but when teeth grinding occurs on a regular basis the teeth can be damaged and other oral health complications can arise.
Although teeth grinding can be caused by stress and anxiety, it can also be caused by an abnormal bite, missing or crooked teeth.
Because grinding often occurs during sleep, most people are unaware that they grind their teeth. However, a dull, constant headache or sore jaw is a telltale symptom of bruxism. Many times people learn that they grind their teeth by their loved one who hears the grinding at night.
If you suspect you may be grinding your teeth, we can examine your mouth and jaw for signs of bruxism, such as jaw tenderness and abnormalities in your teeth.
In some cases, chronic teeth grinding can result in a fracturing, loosening, or loss of teeth. The chronic grinding may wear their teeth down to stumps. When these events happen, bridges, crowns, root canals, implants, partial dentures, and even complete dentures may be needed.
To treat bruxism, we use custom-made night guards, which patients wear during sleep. These night guards will prevent damage to the teeth, and can also help muscles to realign.