Grinding and Clenching Teeth
Bruxism, is a term used to describe the action of grinding and clenching teeth and people may grind their teeth habitually while sleeping, or during the day due to anxiety or stress.
Grinding is an extremely common problem that could result in a number of serious problems if left untreated such as:
- Permanent damage of the structure and surface enamel of your teeth
- Jaw pain known as TMJ pain
- Loose teeth
- Gum recession
Consider the Symptoms
It may be hard to tell if you are grinding, especially if it happens while you’re sleeping. However, if you experience any of the symptoms below, you could have a grinding problem.
- Teeth grinding or clenching, which may be loud enough to awaken your sleep partner
- Teeth that are worn down, flattened, fractured or chipped
- Worn tooth enamel, exposing deeper layers of tooth
- Increased tooth sensitivity
- Muscle tightness
- Ear ache – because of severe jaw muscle contractions
- Chronic facial pain Your dentist can diagnose you with bruxism and provide you with appropriate treatment options