Bruxism (Teeth Grinding): Symptoms and Complications


What is bruxism?

Bruxism is a condition in which you grind your teeth and clench your jaw, either while awake or asleep. It is most commonly associated with stress, anxiety, and anger, but can also be caused by certain medications, other medical conditions (e.g. sleep apnea), an aggressive personality type, and young age. Since bruxism can occur at night, when you are not aware of it, it is important to know the symptoms and get routine dental check-ups to prevent complications.


Symptoms of bruxism include:

  1. Sensitive teeth
  2. Worn-down teeth
  3. Fractured enamel
  4. Broken teeth or dental work
  5. Facial pain
  6. Jaw pain and stiffness
  7. Headaches
  8. Earaches
  9. Complaints from your partner about grinding sounds


If you have any of the symptoms above, it is important to see your dentist before more severe problems develop, which may include:

  • Damage to your teeth and dental restorations
  • Receding gums
  • Bone loss
  • Disorder of the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)
  • Arthritis in your jaw
  • Eating disorders

If you have the slightest suspicion of bruxism, call us for a consultation at (925) 705-7093 or schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Your dentist will be able to examine your teeth to determine the severity of the problem and any existing damage to your teeth, and recommend treatment options, such as a mouth guard and restorations. 

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