If you wake up with jaw pain, headaches, earaches, sensitivity, or sore teeth, chances are that you are grinding while you sleep. In fact, intense teeth grinding can cause neck and shoulder pain as well as aggravate conditions such as tinnitus and migraines.
Teeth grinding can cause damage to your teeth, as well. Excessive grinding can wear down the surfaces of your teeth, cause cracks in your teeth, and create abfractions. Abfractions are notches in your teeth, often near your gum line, that occur from applying force on your teeth over time. Abfractions compromise the integrity of your teeth by breaking off protective enamel and opening the door for decay.
Gum recession is another condition sometimes caused because of prolonged teeth grinding. Gum recession means that your gums pull away from your teeth, exposing more of the root. This can create severe sensitivity and expose your roots to potential decay and infection.