What is Bruxism?
Bruxism is excessive teeth grinding and clenching. This can cause wear on the teeth and possible permanent damage to the teeth. Some people may not have any conscious control over their clenching and grinding.
Signs and Symptoms
- Pain and sensitivity
- Facial pain and tension headaches
- The noise of grinding noticed by others
- Worn out tooth surfaces that appear flatter
- Broken or chipped tooth
- Stiffness in jaw joint and muscles.
An occlusal splint (night guard) may be recommended by the dentist for Bruxism. This is a hard plastic that’s custom moulded to your teeth to prevent further wear. Other solutions are available and can be discussed with the dentists.