Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)

Teeth grinding or clenching of the teeth may occur from time to time and does not usually cause any harm. However, when teeth grinding becomes a regular habit, the teeth can be damaged and other oral health problems can arise.

Causes of Teeth Grinding

Stress and anxiety can cause people to grind their teeth; however, teeth grinding often occurs at night and can be linked to an abnormal bite or missing or crooked teeth.

Nightly Teeth Grinding

Most people are not aware that they grind their teeth at night. Sometimes they are told they grind their teeth by someone who hears them while they are sleeping. Symptoms of night grinding are a dull, constant headache or sore jaw. If you have night grinding issues, ask Dr. Powell how he can help.

Is Teeth Grinding Harmful?

Chronic teeth grinding can result in fracturing, loosening, or loss of teeth. The chronic teeth grinding may even wear teeth down to stumps. If this happens, bridges, crowns, root canals, implants, partial dentures, and even complete dentures may be needed.

Chronic teeth grinding can also affect your jaws, result in hearing loss, cause or worsen TMJ problems, and even change the appearance of your face.

Treatment For Teeth Grinding

Custom-made night guards are made in Dr. Powell's office to protect your teeth from grinding while asleep. If stress is a factor, ask Dr. Powell or your personal physician about options to reduce your stress. Other tips that may help: