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

Bruxism before

Before

Bruxism after

After


Bruxism fractured tooth

Fractured tooth

Bruxism fractured tooth with filling removed to clarify extent of fracture

Fractured tooth with filling removed to clarify extent of fracture


Bruxism nightguard and case
Bruxism nightguard