If you suffer from clenching or grinding or have a clicky jaw you may want to have a consultation with our dentists and discuss whether getting a customised occlusal splint (which is a therapeutic device to alleviate these symptoms) is suitable for you. We may also refer you on to Ear Nose Throat or Sleep Specialists for further investigation
What is bruxism?
Bruxism is the excessive grinding of the teeth and/or excessive clenching of the jaw.It is an oral parafunctional activity i.e., it is unrelated to normal function such as eating or talking. Bruxism is a common problem; reports of prevalence range from 8–31% in the general population. Bruxism may cause minimal symptoms, and therefore people may not be aware of the condition. Several symptoms are commonly associated with bruxism, including hypersensitive teeth, aching jaw muscles, and headaches. Bruxism may cause tooth wear, and even damage or break teeth and dental restorations such as crowns and fillings.