Bruxism refers to grinding of the teeth either during the day or at night. It can be the result of an infection, a bad bite, or in response to stress. Clenching of the teeth together is also a result of stress. When these habits occur during the day, try relaxing your jaw. If they occur at night, an appliance may need to be made to protect the teeth and TMJ.
Clenching or grinding puts excess force on the supporting tissues of the mouth and can increase periodontal destruction when there is bone loss present. It can result in wear of the teeth, looseness of the teeth, gum recession, TMJ pain and headaches. That is why it is important to treat these conditions.
If you have questions or concerns about bruxism, please ask us.