Bruxism is the clenching or grinding of the teeth that often occurs while a person is sleeping.
When you brux, the force on your teeth is many times greater than during normal chewing. These forces can cause flattened or worn-down teeth, teeth chipped at the gumline, fractured teeth, loose teeth, and damage to the jawbone or jaw joints. In most cases, your dentist may suggest wearing a custom night guard when you sleep.
There are many causes of bruxism. Whatever the cause, it is important to treat bruxism early to prevent damage and restore harmony to your mouth. Watch our video to learn more about diagnosis and treatment!