Teeth grinding and jaw clenching are often symptoms of a bite problem or TMJ related disorder. They can be caused by a bite problem, and can also contribute to the development of one if stress is the underlying cause. Also known as bruxism, teeth grinding can lead to tooth damage and increases muscle tension in the jaw that can cause headaches, neck pain, and discomfort.
Before recommending a means of treating teeth grinding, we will evaluate your oral health and discuss lifestyle habits and medical health to identify the underlying cause. The most conservative treatment for teeth grinding is the use of a mouthguard or night guard. This is a custom-made oral appliance designed to allow the jaw to rest in a natural position and to prevent teeth grinding. Worn at night or when feeling stressed, a mouthguard is typically effective if there are no other dental problems to be addressed.
If teeth are worn, chipped or cracked due to teeth grinding we will restore them using appropriate treatments such as tooth bonding and dental crowns. Enabling the teeth to make proper contact when biting reduces the risk of damage and muscle tension in the jaw joints.