What is bruxism?
Bruxism is the involuntary clenching or grinding of your teeth. It usually happens during sleep, but some people experience it when they are awake. Bruxism is commonly caused by emotional or physical stress, mental concentration, incorrect tooth alignment, drug misuse or erupting teeth in children.
The signs and symptoms of bruxism can include:
- Wear on teeth causing sensitivity to hot and cold
- Broken, chipped or fractures to teeth
- Pain in the jaw joint muscles
- Facial pain with tension headache caused by intense muscle contractions
- Grinding sounds while a person is asleep
- Raised tissue on the cheek caused by cheek biting
Teeth grinding can cause the following oral health problems:
- Cracked tooth enamel
- Excessive wear on teeth
- Broken teeth or restorations
- Strain on the joints and soft tissue of the jaw joint
- Enlargement of the jaw muscles