Grinding or clenching of the teeth, also known as Bruxism, is a common condition that can be caused by both physical and psychological stressors. Without proper management, bruxism can lead to significant dental complications.
Bruxism can occur during the day or whilst asleep therefore, many who suffer from it are unaware of their condition. Some common symptoms include:
- A dull headache, sore jaw joints or ear pain.
- Fractured, chipped or loose teeth/fillings.
- Aching teeth and stiffness in the face and temples, particularly in the morning after waking up.
- Generalised sensitive teeth.
- Intense jaw clenching.
Grinding or clenching can be managed in a few different ways, such as changes to lifestyle, or your dentist may recommend a mouthguard-like device called an ‘occlusal splint’ or ‘night guard’.
If you think you may be experiencing any of these symptoms, it is best to consult your Dentist, who can provide an examination and any treatment, that may be required.