Splints / Night Guards

Grinding Splints

Teeth grinding is an involuntary clenching, grinding and gnashing of the teeth.

Most people aren't even aware they are grinding their teeth until their partners tell them or advanced symptoms such as jaw pain, headaches and worn down, sensitive teeth start to emerge.

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Some Causes and Effects of Grinding

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    Causes:

  • Stress
  • Trauma
  • High fillings
  • Crooked teeth
  • Poor nutrition
  • Illness
  • Long term pain
  • Effects:

  • Enamel cracks
  • Lost fillings
  • Fractured crowns
  • Headaches
  • Jaw pain

Dr Andrew's Pro-Tip: Grinding

Figuring out if you are grinding is quite tricky. Look out for:

  • A dull headache, sore jaws and/or ear pain.
  • Sore jaws while you're eating, especially at breakfast time.
  • Aching teeth, and stiffness in the face and temples, particularly after you've just woken up.
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold food and drinks.
  • Intense jaw clenching.
  • Fractured, chipped or loose teeth.

Have these symptoms checked out as soon as possible.

If detected early, management can be very simple and inexpensive.

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The information contained on this website is general in nature and does not take into account your personal situation. Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. You should consider whether the information is appropriate to your needs, and where appropriate, seek advice from a dental professional.

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