Facts about tooth grinding & TMJ problems

By April 29, 2014 No Comments

Do you grind or clench your teeth?


Many of us do that without even knowing.

Excessive clenching and grinding of your teeth, is known as Bruxism. This problem can manifest itself as

  • Stiff or tender jaw especially in the morning
  • Teeth will show signs of adverse wear where the teeth appear flat and teeth chip and may even fractures.
  • Excessive damaging loads to the teeth can be harmful to delicate restorations like cosmetic porcelain veneers London and to dental implants (if present) because implants don’t have the same connection to the jaw bone as teeth.
    • Clicking TMJ and difficulty to open the mouth
    • Severe headaches and stiff neck and shoulder

This excessive grinding and/or clenching can lead to overloading the teeth and traumatize the muscles and nerves in the region. Eventually, irreversible damage to the bone and cartridge of the joint (TMJ) may occur. This result in a disorder called TMD (TMJ disorder)

No body really know why we grind/clench our teeth.

Many theories explain the trigger for this grinding habit including stress and occlusal (bite) irregularity.

At the moment there is no cure to this harmful habit. However, there are many procedures recommended to reduce the harmful effect of such a habit including:

–    Avoid the use of drugs and alcohol consumption

–    Stress is a major factor contributing to this habit. As a result, any technique to unwind and reduce stress can contribute towards reducing the harmful effect of this habit

–    Physiotherapy and muscles massage to ease tenderness of the joint and muscles.

–    Avoid chewy food during the acute phase of TMD.

–    Always consult with your dentist.

Consult with Dr Daoudi, specialist in Prosthodontics, has special interest in the management of TMD.

He can conduct through clinical examination and give appropriate advice to resolve this issue. Some the treatment suggestions, can be the use of special made bite guard – night guard (dental splint) to reduce the harmful effect of heaving bitting.

In some sever cases bite analysis would be needed. Occasionally, restoring the teeth or providing rehabilitation of the bite will be needed including the use of some restorations like cosmetic crowns, cosmetic dental bridge or dental implants London to replace missing teeth and establish a bite balance.

For further information, please contact us

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