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Teeth Grinding

About 15 percent of people have a habit of grinding their teeth or clenching their jaws, a condition called bruxism. Most people do it in their sleep, so it often goes undetected until a family member hears the grinding sound or a dentist notices symptoms.

Symptoms to look for:

  • Teeth grinding, often very loud, during sleep
  • Jaw pain, headache or earache
  • Frequent contraction of muscles on the side of the face
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Teeth that look flat at the tips
  • Abnormal alignment of teeth

When bruxism (Teeth Grinding) is serious enough to damage the teeth or cause jaw or facial pain, our dentists can fit patients with mouth guards to be worn at night, designed to prevent grinding during sleep. Also in some cases, replacing an old crown or filling or reducing a high surface on a tooth can change the bite and help eliminate pressure.

  • Grinding can result in fracture lines in the enamel of the tooth allowing bacteria to enter, resulting in a cavity
  • Grinding can shear off a portion of the tooth, reducing the placement of a crown or onlay.