Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)

Clenching or grinding your teeth on occasion typically shouldn’t cause damage. However, when done regularly, it can harm to your teeth and cause other oral health problems. The most common symptom of teeth grinding is a headache, other symptoms include muscle aches, abnormal tooth wear, temporomandibular joint discomfort, enlargement of facial muscles, stiffness of the shoulders and neck and ear pain. Bruxism can be a result of stress, anxiety, depression, smoking, heavy alcohol consumption, caffeine and sleep disorders. Grinding normally occurs during sleep, so it can be hard for people to tell whether they have bruxism. The best solution to aid in protecting your jaw and prevent tooth wear and fracture is to wear an occlusal splint. They are custom made, specially fitted acrylic mouth guard that fits over the top or bottom teeth and are usually worn before bed.