BRUXISM/CLENCHING

Tooth wear is a result of the subconscious habit of rubbing your teeth together (grinding) or compressing them tightly together (clenching). The cause of this destructive habit is uncertain, but it may be related to stress, airway problems when you’re younger, or your bite.

Severe bruxism can result in fractured teeth, loose crowns, or shortened and chipped anterior teeth. It may also result in muscle and jaw soreness.

How do I prevent bruxism? We can’t stop it completely, but some helpful suggestions are:

  • Don’t chew gum
  • Wear a niteguard
  • Ask your dentist if orthodontic treatment would be of value
  • See a massage therapist for a head and neck massage
Before

Before

After

After

Fractured tooth

Fractured tooth

Fractured tooth with filling removed to clarify extent of fracture

Fractured tooth with filling removed to clarify extent of fracture

Nite Guard

 

Nite Guard