Teeth Clenching and Grinding

How do I know if I clench my teeth?

  • Do you get headaches or jaw / neck pain especially in the morning?
  • Have you noticed that your teeth are wearing?
  • Have you had damage to dental restorations e.g.crowns or fillings for no apparent reason?
  • Are your temples or jaw muscles tender?
  • Do you experience discomfort whilst chewing?
  • Does your jaw make a clicking sound?

If you answered 'yes' to any of the questions, clenching or grinding may be the cause. Our dentist can help you alleviate these symptoms if you inform the dentist at you next appointment.

There are many ways to manage Bruxism, the most common treatment is with Occlusal splints (Dental Appliances). Other dental treatments may also be considered as treatment, such as equilibration (grinding away tooth surface to make the teeth fit together better), orthodontics or crowns and veneers.
The SCi (Sleep Clench Inhibitor) is the most clinically effective treatment for TMD, bruxism, and medically diagnosed migraines.

Bruxism (clenching and grinding) is a disorder that affects up to 80% of the population at some point during their lives. Bruxism is the grinding of teeth and clenching of the jaw that causes tooth wear, breakages, Temporomandibular Joint disorders (pain and limited movement of the jaw joint), migraines and headache.

Many people clench and/or grind their teeth at night whilst asleep and do not even realise it! This is due to a tensing of the jaw muscles bringing the upper and lower teeth under immense pressure. Not only does this cause damage to your teeth but is often the cause of headaches, jaw and neck pain.