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Teeth Grinding

Grinding Teeth Usually Happens While Sleeping

Teeth grinding (bruxism) is involuntary clenching, grinding and gnashing of the teeth. It generally happens during sleep, but some people experience it when they are awake.

Generally, the person doesn’t realise that they grind their teeth in their sleep.

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If you suspect you or your child is grinding their teeth, see your dentist as soon as possible. We will examine your teeth and may take x-rays to gauge the severity of the problem and the damage to teeth and bone.

Signs, Symptoms and Complications of Teeth Grinding

Teeth grinding can cause a range of dental problems, which may include:

  • Grinding sounds while the person is asleep
  • Cracked tooth enamel
  • Excessive wear and tear on the teeth
  • Broken teeth or restorations
  • Headache, jaw joint and/or ear pain
  • Aching teeth, particularly upon waking
  • Aching and/or stiffness of the face and temples upon waking
  • Aching or stiffness in the jaws while chewing, particularly during breakfast
  • Clenching the jaw when angry, anxious or concentrating
  • Temperature-sensitive teeth
  • Cracked or chipped tooth enamel
  • Tooth indentations on the tongue
  • Raised tissue on the cheek mucosa caused by cheek biting

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