Clenching / Grinding (Bruxism)
Stressed at work? Do you wake up with a sore head and achy jaw?
You may be one of many people who are grinding their teeth. If you awaken with an aching jaw each morning, it’s probably because you grind your teeth whilst you’re sleeping. Sometimes the grinding can cause so much tension in your jaw muscles it can cause headaches and even disturb you or your partners sleep.
This is a common problem caused by stress. In order to relieve your symptoms and protect your teeth you might be in need of a nightguard.
Identifying Symptoms of Bruxism
Symptoms of bruxism include grinding teeth when thinking or focusing during the day or when asleep. Constant teeth grinding can cause teeth sensitivity, toothache, headache and jaw and neck pain. Pains in the jaw or an incessant headache are signs of bruxism, as is temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder.
Treatment for Teeth Grinding
Dental treatments for teeth grinding include custom-made mouth or night guards to prevent tooth-on-tooth contact. This prevents teeth grinding during sleep and reduces bruxism symptoms.
If you suffer from any of the problems mentioned above, or if you think you may have a problem with your jaw joint, please make an appointment to see us. We will be able to examine your teeth and jaw joint, and suggest ways of improving their functionality. In many cases, treatment can be surprisingly simple, but can have a noticeable effect on your health and well-being.
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