Tooth grinding, particularly at night, is very common, affecting up to 50% of people. See more information.
Teeth Grinding (or bruxism as it’s officially known) can cause sore facial muscles, headaches, earaches and neck pain, and can also cause the teeth to become ground down and more sensitive.
Stress and anxiety can be a major cause – if you can reduce your stress levels you will often see a dramatic change in your tooth-grinding habits.
There are also often dental reasons why you might grind your teeth, this could be to do with the way your teeth are arranged against each other which could be causing you to put stress on your jaw.
Diagnosis & Treatment
There are simple things we can do to diagnose this type of dental problem using tooth splints.
These splints are often worn overnight, during which time your facial and jaw muscles will relax – we can then use these splints to diagnose the best treatment for you – this can often be some small adjustments to the cusps of your back teeth.
If you think you are grinding your teeth when you sleep, book an appointment today and we will be able to offer the most suitable treatment.
Dr Paul Abrahams is the principal dentist at SmileMore and has worked in North London for 21 years providing general and cosmetic dental care.
Dr Paul Abrahams heads up the SmileMore Dental Care team. He qualified at Guys Dental Hospital in 1989, and has undertaken extensive postgraduate studies in cosmetic and aesthetic dentistry since.
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