Habitual teeth grinding is clinically known as bruxism and is a common affliction: according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, an estimated 10 million Americans suffer from the condition.

Over time, teeth grinding takes a toll on teeth by wearing down molars or causing chips and fractures. Therefore, bruxism should be treated so that the results of full mouth reconstruction are preserved. A simple oral appliance called a mouth guard can prevent teeth grinding, but the underlying cause should also be treated.