Tooth Grinding, Headaches and the problems they cause.
Migraines, chronic headaches, aching and tender muscles, sore jaw joints, regular morning headaches and teeth grinding all have one common source; a hyper-activity of the jaw muscles. External signs are teeth grinding or clenching, which generally occur during sleep, when they are not consciously controllable. Some patient may also grind or clench their teeth during the day e.g. in periods of increased stress or concentration.
Can the simple grinding and clenching of my teeth have severe consequences?
Yes! Grinding and clenching of your teeth involves some of the most powerful muscles in the human body. Whilst almost everybody grinds and or clenches their teeth every now and then, studies show that patient who do so chronically exert between 6 and 20 times more pressure due to their well-trained musculature.
By reducing or eliminating the intensity of the clenching you are effectively minimizing the source of the pain, and in many cases this will happen in just a few days.
What can we do to help you?
Our skilled practitioners can provide you with a small dental splint to wear at night to prevent you grinding and clenching your teeth during sleep. There are two devices we can provide and these are known as the SCi and the SCi+. Both splints fit over your front teeth. Both work in similar ways to prevent tooth grinding and bruxism.