Grinding the teeth can cause wear. The canines and the front incisors wear first. The enamel can be lost exposing the soft dentine underneath. This will often result in tooth sensitivity. Other symptoms can include jaw-joint pain and stiffness. Grinding can worsen an underlying gum problem, hastening the loosening and eventual loss of teeth. If a patient grinds with enough force, he/she can even crack and brake the teeth.
A Night Guard or Occlusal Splint should be made and worn (at night time) to protect the teeth and prevent continued grinding.