What are the symptoms of teeth grinding (bruxism)?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

The symptoms of teeth grinding include damaged or sensitive teeth, damaged tooth enamel, jaw or face pain, headaches, earaches, and enlarged jaw muscles. You may have indentations on your tongue or the inside of your cheeks may be chewed. At night, the clenching or grinding may be loud enough to wake your partner. Other symptoms include insomnia, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, stress, and tension.

The following are symptoms of bruxism:

  • headache
  • sore jaw
  • frequent toothaches
  • facial pain
  • worn or cracked teeth or fillings
  • loose teeth
  • earache
  • insomnia

If you suspect you are grinding your teeth, schedule an appointment with your dentist. Your dentist can diagnose bruxism by looking for unusual wear spots on your teeth and assessing related symptoms. He or she can also help you manage your bruxism and its related symptoms, as well as repair and help prevent further damage to your teeth.

Bruxism is the medical term for frequent grinding of your teeth. Symptoms include:

  • sore jaw
  • earache
  • increased sensitivity of the teeth to cold, heat, or sweetness
  • headache
  • eating problems
  • depression
  • anxiety

In addition, your sleeping partner may mention that he or she has been awakened at night by sound of your teeth grinding.

Symptoms of bruxism may include achiness in teeth, teeth that are sensitive to hot and cold, headaches and earaches. Your bed partner or parent may hear you grinding your teeth at night while you are sleeping. Your dentist my see signs of worn teeth, mobile teeth and/or fractured teeth.

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