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Teeth Grinding

Teeth Grinding: Up to 80% of people clench or grind their teeth

Do you need a teeth grinding mouth guard?

For many people teeth grinding takes place at night and can increase during stressful periods. Long term this can lead to broken fillings and crowns, pain, tooth wear, limited movement of the jaw joint, migraines and headaches. Tooth wear can then lead to sensitivity and an unsightly appearance.

Mouth guards for teeth grinding

Simple bite-guards can be made from taking a mould of your teeth. The mould is sent to our local dental laboratory who make you a guard to wear at night-time. This involves two visits a week apart one for the mould and one to fit the bite-guard. The bite-guard will prevent further tooth wear.

Teeth grinding in sleep

For the people who also suffer from added symptoms of clenching and grinding, including headache, migraines, jaw and facial pain, neck pain, these symptom can be resolved with a different type of splint called a Sleep Clench Inhibitor. This simple devise worn over only your front teeth can be made in our surgery in one quick 15 minute visit. Many users of this devise report great success with immediate reduction of symptoms.

What is teeth grinding?

Teeth grinding or bruxism, is a condition where a person clenches, grinds, or gnashes their teeth, often unconsciously and ofter at night during sleep. It can also occur during periods of stress or anxiety. Teeth grinding can lead to various dental problems and discomfort. These include…

  • Tooth Wear: The excessive grinding and clenching can wear down the tooth enamel over time. This leads to tooth sensitivity and an increased risk of tooth fractures.
  • Jaw Pain and Headaches: Bruxism can cause pain and stiffness in the jaw joint (temporomandibular joint). This can lead to temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). It may also result in headaches or migraines.
  • Jaw Muscle Tension: Grinding can strain the jaw muscles. This can lead to muscle pain, facial discomfort, and even changes in facial appearance.
  • Disrupted Sleep: Bruxism can disrupt sleep. Both for the person grinding their teeth and their sleeping partner. This may lead to poor sleep quality, daytime fatigue, and other sleep-related issues.
  • Get in touch

    To discuss how Far Headingley Dental Care can provide you with Clenching & Teeth Grinding, please complete the enquiry form on this page or call our practice on 0113 275 1323 during normal office hours.

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