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Why Night Time Clenching and Grinding is a Problem!

Do you wake up often with a dull, constant headache or a sore jaw? Maybe you are suffering from hypersensitive teeth? If so, you may be suffering from something dentists call bruxism. Bruxism, more commonly known as teeth grinding or clenching, is a common problem affecting much of the general population today. There are two types of teeth grinding: that which happens during the night (sleep bruxism) and that which happens during the day (awake bruxism). The damage to your teeth that both types can cause is very similar, but the symptoms of sleep bruxism tend to improve throughout the course of the day. Here are a few of the problems that bruxism can cause if left unchecked:

Tooth Wear

Tooth wear, or tooth attrition, is a consistent problem across all cases of bruxism. Grinding causes physical damage to teeth, and if left over time, it can cause teeth to wear down to stumps. When this happens, individuals may have to have bridges, crowns, or implants placed over their damaged teeth. Root canals may also need to be done depending on the severity of the situation.


Pain that results from bruxism can come in many forms. Jaw or face soreness is a common result of teeth grinding and may make it uncomfortable for the individual during meal times. Other painful symptoms of bruxism include things like increased tooth sensitivity, dull headaches, tight jaw muscles, and pain that feels like an earache.

Sleep Interruptions

Sleeping problems for both you and your partner can occur from cases of bruxism. Jaw pain and a sore mouth can result from grinding your teeth and if done during the night, may wake you up. If the grinding is loud enough, it may even wake up your sleeping partner — a situation we all want to avoid.  

When should you see a dentist? If any of the above symptoms are affecting to you, it’s best to get checked out as soon as possible. Some other clear symptoms that require a trip to the clinic include having constant pain in your jaw, a locked jaw that won’t open and close completely, or if family members are complaining about the grinding noise you make when you sleep.

Bruxism, although a common problem, can often be problematic to your dental health and overall wellbeing. The longer bruxism is left unchecked, the more likely there are to be complications and a trip to the dentist’s office. Do you think that you may be suffering from bruxism? Do you know someone who grinds their teeth? Don’t hesitate to contact the team at Apple Dental Group today.