The most common form of bruxism teeth grinding is sleep bruxism. Because you can grind your teeth at night and not even know it until complications develop, it’s important to learn the warning signs and to see your dentist.
What to watch out for when you see the warnings signs: Grinding that is loud enough to awaken your sleeping partner, increased tooth sensitivity, sore, or painful jaw, headache, earache, chronic facial pain, and teeth that are worn down, flattened or chipped.
There are options to treat bruxism, commonly use is the bruxism mouth guard or night guard, specially designed to fit your mouth. If your bruxism teeth grinding is linked to a problem with your bite, an orthodontist can help correct the bite. Dental braces may be needed to straighten your teeth. In severe cases, when tooth wear has become so extreme that it’s hard for you to chew, a dentist may need to perform several corrective procedures. In these cases, bruxism treatment may involve a dental crown to repair one or more affected teeth.