What is bruxism? Bruxism is the clenching or grinding of your teeth while you are asleep. It is not just an annoyance; it exerts thousands of pounds of pressure on the biting surfaces of the teeth, which can lead to jaw pain and damage to your teeth, as well as to the surrounding bone, gums, and jaw joint. Left untreated, bruxism can cause:
* Tooth sensitivity as the enamel layer is worn down, exposing the more sensitive dentin layer.