Symptoms of Jaw Clenching (Bruxism)
Jaw clenching, also known as bruxism, is an involuntary grinding of the teeth and clenching of the jaw muscles. Bruxism often occurs during sleep and is one of the most common sleep disorders, but it can also occur subconsciously while awake. Symptoms can range from mild wearing of the teeth and muscle tenderness to significant pain from dental and muscular issues. Over time, severe jaw clenching can lead to tooth loss, significant gum recession, facial muscle pain and tension headaches. Depending on the underlying cause of your teeth grinding or clenching, there are options for treatment which can alleviate or eliminate the symptoms of this condition.