Teeth Grinding

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Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is the habit of grinding, gnashing or clenching the teeth that, if severe, can wear down the tooth enamel and eventually lead to major dental procedures such as root canals, tooth extractions, crown placements and oral surgery. Other health complications as a result of severe and frequent teeth grinding include jaw disorders and headaches.

Most people do not realize they are grinding their teeth because it occurs while they sleep.

Signs and symptoms of teeth grinding include:

  • A dull headache
  • Sore jaw
  • Worn tooth enamel
  • Fractured, flattened or chipped teeth
  • Chronic facial pain
  • Tightness in the jaw muscles or jaw pain

 Although doctors do not completely understand what causes teeth grinding, possible causes include, stress, anxiety or the misalignment of the upper and lower teeth. Both children and adults experience teeth grinding.

During regular dental exams, Dr. Hill can check for the physical signs of teeth grinding. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms, call us. If you notice that your child is grinding his/her teeth or is displaying any of the symptoms, please inform us at their next appointment.

To help alleviate teeth grinding, we can fit you with a mouth guard or splint to prevent further damage to your teeth.