teeth grinding

What is Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)?

Teeth grinding or bruxism as it is medically called, is one of the common complaints by patients. You might clench them during the day or grind them at night. According to the Mayo Clinic, People who clench or grind their teeth (brux) during sleep are more likely to have other sleep disorders, such as snoring and pauses in breathing (sleep apnea).

Symptoms of teeth grinding

Dull Headaches, Soreness of the jaw or tightening of the jaw are common symptoms of teeth grinding. Fractured teeth or loose teeth are also some other symptoms to look out for.

Effects of teeth grinding

If not treated early teeth grinding can lead to wearing away of the top covering of teeth enamel, causing sensitivity to liquids and foods you eat. It can also reduce the height of your teeth, thus reducing the vertical dimension of your face; accelerating the aging process. Another common effect is cracked or chipped teeth. Soreness of the jaw muscles when you wake up in the morning or TMJ problems are some common effects of teeth grinding.


If you experience any of the symptoms of teeth grinding, make sure to visit your dentist soon so you can fix the problem before it becomes worse. Your dentist can fit you with a customized mouth guard to prevent grinding while you are asleep.

Call Dental Smiles of West Loop today to schedule a consultation with a dental professional to help you solve your teeth grinding problems. Call Dr. Shah and the amazing team at Dental Smiles of West Loop in Chicago, IL at (312) 724-7161 or info@dentalsmilesofwestloop.com to schedule an appointment today!