Teeth grinding and clenching also known as Bruxism generally occurs during sleep and can often go undetected. Often a partner or family member is first to notice the sufferers condition due to a constant grinding throughout the night.
Bruxism is generally caused by psychological stress, anxiety and tension in your waking life.
Symptoms of teeth clenching and grinding can include:
- Aching jaws and teeth, during waking hours
- Trouble chewing on food, during waking hours
- Tension headaches and stress in the temple region
- Jaw joint (temporomandibular joint) pain
- Worn tooth surfaces
- Broken or chipped teeth
Treatment may involve wearing an occlusal splint over night to prevent the teeth in the upper and lower arches from making contact. Alternatively neuromuscular treatment may be required to relax and retrain jaw muscles to rest and function as normal.