Grinding of the teeth resulting in loss of tooth structure
Many people are unaware that they grind their teeth. It frequently occurs during the night, (nocturnal bruxism). The person in this picture remains unconvinced of his grinding habit.
The loss of back teeth will greatly increase the risk of damage to the front teeth. Many people think that it doesn't matter if they lose back teeth but these teeth are important to spread the load of chewing. The front teeth a very narrow and do not tolerate chewing loads and will wear down much faster than back teeth.
A night guard or splint is often prescribed to reduce the damage caused by grinding. The splint is usually worn during the night.
Bruxing is often associated with sleep apnoea (snoring) combined with periods of breathing cessation during sleep. If you are a bruxer you may also consider consulting your GP for this condition.
see our page on sleep apnoea.