Teeth grinding (aka Bruxism) is when you clench, or grind your teeth. People can clench and grind without being aware of it during both the day and night, although sleep-related bruxism is often the bigger problem because it is harder to control. The cause of teeth grinding is not completely agreed upon, but daily stress may be the trigger in many people.
Symptoms of teeth grinding may include:
- Earaches (because the structures of the temporomandibular joint are very close to the ear canal)
- Hot, cold, or sweet sensitivity in the teeth
- Sore or painful jaw
To prevent damage to the teeth, mouth guards or appliances can be used to treat teeth grinding, clenching, and TMJ disorders. These appliances may help protect the teeth from the pressure of clenching. If your experiencing any of these symptoms, your dentist can help you find the perfect solution.