Grinding and Clenching (Bruxism)

Tooth Grinding and Clenching (Bruxism)


What is Bruxism?

Bruxism (BRUCKS-is-im) is a habit of grinding or clenching your teeth. It can happen in children or adults of any age.

People who suffer from bruxism may have one or more of these symptoms:

  • headache or earache

  • sore jaw

  • jaw clicking

  • frequent toothaches

  • sensitive teeth

  • facial pain

  • worn or cracked teeth or fillings

  • tongue indentations

  • trouble sleeping

How is bruxism treated?

Treatment depends on each person’s situation. Your dentist may recommend one or more of the following treatments:

  • ways to lower stress

  • a protective night guard worn over your teeth while sleeping

  • medication for pain or muscle spasms

  • exercises to relax jaw muscles

  • fillings or other dental treatment to repair damaged teeth

Bruxism before and after reconstruction


This patient’s tooth enamel has worn away, exposing the dentin, the softer yellow layer underneath.


Bruxism damage repaired with full mouth reconstruction

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Mar 18, 2019 | Posted by in Dental Hygiene | Comments Off on Grinding and Clenching (Bruxism)
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