Most people probably grind and clench their teeth from time to time. Occasional teeth grinding and clenching, medically called bruxism, does not usually cause harm, but when teeth grinding and clenching occurs on a regular basis the teeth can be damaged and other oral health complications can arise.
Teeth grinding can create numerous problems such as local muscular pain, headaches, loss of tooth structure, gum recession, loose teeth, and shortening of teeth, tooth sensitivity, cracked and broken teeth, and damage to the bone structure of the jaw joint.
In addition to relieving pain, treating bruxism and clenching is cost effective compared to ignoring the condition and exposing teeth to continued grinding. Without treatment, crowns , bridges, implants and dentures are often needed to repair or replace damaged teeth. Ask your dentist if a night guard can help to provide temporary relief from grinding or clenching.