Several symptoms are commonly associated with bruxism, including hypersensitive teeth, aching jaw muscles, headaches, tooth wear, damage to dental restorations (e.g. crowns and fillings) and damage to teeth.
However it may cause minimal symptoms, and therefore people may not be aware of the condition. In extreme cases, chronic grinding may wear teeth down to stumps.
Not only can severe grinding damage teeth and result in tooth loss, it can also affect your jaws, cause or worsen TMD/TMJ, and even change the appearance of your face. When these events happen, bridges, crowns, root canals, implants, partial dentures, and even complete dentures may be needed.