Sometimes patients suffer from bruxism. Bruxism is a condition where someone will clench their jaw or grind their teeth. This can occur during the day and also at night when the individual is sleeping.
Bruxism causes its most damage during the patients sleeping hours. Grinding your teeth during sleep puts strain on your jaw joint and surrounding muscles. Symptoms of bruxism are earaches, headaches and pain in the jaw joint area after waking up.
Grinding your teeth at night will cause your teeth to wear down prematurely and cause sensitivity and may also break existing fillings or crack teeth.
To prevent damage to natural teeth and existing dental work, a mouth guard is often recommended. Mouth guards are worn at night and prevent wear and damage not only to teeth and existing dental work, but your jaw joint as well.