Teeth grinding can be caused by stress and anxiety, and often occurs during the REM stage of sleep. It is more likely caused by an abnormal bite or missing or crooked teeth.
The tooth to tooth pressure from clenching and grinding can cause cracks or micro fractures in the teeth. This can lead to tooth sensitivity. As the tooth enamel is worn away, the underlying layer of dentin may be exposed. This causes the tooth to become sensitive to temperature changes and pressure.
Regular dental checkups are important to detect damage in the early stages. We can diagnose and treat irregular wear on teeth and determine the source of facial pain that may result from bruxism. Give our office a call to schedule your appointment for an evaluation.