Most people probably grind and clench their teeth from time to time. Occasional teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is usually not a serious condition, but when teeth grinding occurs regularly, the teeth can be damaged.
Teeth grinding is mostly caused by an abnormal bite or crooked teeth and usually occurs during sleep. Since grinding usually happens in your sleep, most people are unaware of it. A dull, constant headache or sore jaw could be a symptom of bruxism. Severe grinding can damage your teeth and result in tooth loss. It can affect your jaws, causing TMJ, or Temporomandibular Joint disorder.
If you routinely grind your teeth, fix an appointment. Based on our diagnosis, we may recommend one or more treatments. The dentist may suggest a night guard that can be worn during sleep.