Headaches, tooth grinding and clenching
When you wake up do you feel fabulous?
Or do you suffer from…
- Aching jaw joints?
- Aching and sensitive teeth?
- A stiff and painful neck?
- Frequent toothaches?
- Morning headaches?
- Difficulties or limitations opening your mouth?
- Tension type headaches?
- Migraine headaches?
If you suffer from one or more of those do you realise that it could be caused by tooth grinding and clenching?
Dentists call tooth grinding “Bruxism” and some research suggests 10 million adults in the UK grind or clench their teeth.
Grinding and clenching your teeth involves some of the most powerful muscles in the human body and whilst everybody grinds and clenches their teeth occasionally, studies show that patients who do so chronically exert between 6 and 20 times more pressure due to their well trained muscles. With repeated intense contraction of the muscles, they can become painful and the forces generated by them can cause pain in the surrounding tissues, joints and other muscles of the head and neck. The forces can also lead to broken teeth, filling and crowns!
Here at the Family Dental Practice we can treat these symptoms by reducing or eliminating the intensity of your clenching and grinding. By doing this we are effectively minimising the source of pain and the forces breaking and wearing down your teeth.
Please contact the practice to find out more about how our dentists can help.