Can teeth grinding be a problem?
Grinding or clenching of teeth (bruxism) can lead to a variety of problems such as excessive wear and chipping teeth and fillings. In heavy grinders, we often see cracked and split teeth which usually leads to the loss of the tooth. Grinding may even cause headaches and jaw pain from overworked joints and muscles.
Bruxism most commonly occurs during sleep and most people are not even aware they are doing it!
Grinding can be managed by relaxing the muscles and protecting the teeth with a grinding guard worn during sleep.