Clenching & Grinding

Bruxism is a habitual, unconscious clenching of the jaw &/or grinding of the teeth. If left untreated, this can cause an increase of “stress” headaches, TMJ symptoms, neck, and shoulder pain, broken teeth and restorations, food traps and hairline stress cracks over time.

Bruxism puts pressure on the teeth, over time, which will flake off little pieces of enamel at the “neck” of the tooth which causes indents at the gumline called abfraction lesions. As you brush your teeth, your toothbrush bristles go deeper into the tooth than normal and it wears away at your gum. This is called recession. This can also cause your teeth to become sensitive to cold or air.

Attrition and wear facets are other signs of Bruxism. They are indentifiable on incisial edges and cusps of your teeth. Once the enamel has worn through, the inner layer, Dentin, is exposed and puts your teeth more at risk.