Tooth Grinding

March 12, 2018 by Dr Paul Abrahams

Dental Health, Tooth Grinding

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How Common is Tooth Grinding?

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.

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