What is Bruxism?
Bruxism is the medical term for teeth grinding and/or clenching of the teeth. Over time, this grinding can wear down the enamel, which can lead to sensitive teeth. It can also lead to TMJ problems, jaw muscle pain, chipping of teeth, and damage to restorative dental work. Your dentist will be able to notice signs of bruxism during your routine dental exam. Bruxism is often caused by stress and anxiety. In order to prevent further damage to your teeth, consult with your dentist to see if a nightguard is right for you.
Signs and Symptoms
- Grinding sound at nighttime, which can sometimes be detected by a partner
- Headache upon waking
- Pain or tightness with jaw muscles
- Teeth that are worn down, appear flattened or are chipped
- Breaking down of restorative dental work such as crowns or fillings
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