Bruxism, commonly known as “tooth grinding” is the process of clenching together, and the grinding of the upper and lower teeth. During sleep, the biting force of clenched jaws can be up to six times greater than during waking hours.
Bruxism can cause complications over the years such as:
- Wear down tooth enamel
- Break fillings or other dental work
- Worsening of TMJ dysfunction
- Jaw pain, toothaches, headaches, or earaches
- Tooth sensitivity and mobility
- Erosion of gums and supporting bones
There is no cure for bruxism but wearing a Nightguard can control this dysfunction.