Dental implants could be necessary for persistent tooth grinders, according to one US dentist.
Dr Sultan Sherzoy from New Jersey revealed that bruxism, or tooth grinding, can often be caused by stress or anxiety and is often noticeable the following morning when a patient wakes up with headaches or pain in the shoulder, jaw or neck.
He added that in some situations, the sufferer is not aware of the problem and must be informed by a partner who has heard the noise or diagnosed at a regular dental check up.
“If symptoms are present, the condition will be observed for changes over the next several visits before a treatment programme is established,” Dr Sherzoy explained.
In extreme cases, teeth may be broken or lost.
Dental implants, which are false teeth supported by a titanium metal rod inserted into the jawbone, can solve the problem of missing teeth, while crowns can be put on broken ones