Tooth grinding/ Bruxism

Tooth grinding and bruxism are both very common and often don’t have serious consequences. The most common problem is when patients suffer from headaches and soreness of the chewing muscles and jaw joints. Another serious problem is when teeth are worn down abnormally, meaning that the enamel more or less disappears from the chewing areas. In cases of severe deterioration, teeth often discolour since the protective enamel is partly missing.

Treatment entails fashioning a splint of hard plastic to be worn at night. If the teeth are severely worn down, tooth substance must sometimes be replaced with porcelain.