Teeth Grinding / Headaches

Often sub-conscious, teeth grinding and clenching can ruin teeth and cause pain from your jaws to your temples.
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Grinding the teeth together is called ‘bruxing’ and squeezing the teeth together is called ‘clenching’. Since these acts are not part of the jaw’s normal function, they are called ‘para function’.

Para function normally takes place during sleep but may also occur during the day and may be unknown to the conscious mind.

Bruxism sufferers may experience

Teeth Grinding

  • Headaches
  • Tension in the temple region
  • Neck pain and tension
  • Pain behind the eyes
  • Sore jaw muscles and tired muscles upon wakening
  • Toothache
  • Chipped or fractured teeth

Causes of para function

  • Structural triggers – bite discrepancy between the most comfortable position of the jaw joint and the most comfortable way that the teeth come together.
  • Psychological triggers – stress and nervous tension.
  • Chemical triggers – Consuming caffeine and/or amphetamines can enhance the contractions of the jaw muscles and bring about severe clenching and grinding, as can withdrawal from drug dependencies such as nicotine.
  • Habitual – after months or even years of grinding and clenching, the act becomes a habit, so to eliminate other factors will not completely stop habitual grinding and clenching without addressing the habit itself.

Perhaps the most immediate, least expensive and most effective way of stopping the damage and severity of grinding and clenching is through the creation of a repositioning splint.

A repositioning splint looks like a traditional night guard but has certain functions built into it. The device not only protects your teeth when you grind but, in addition, it reduces your urge to grind.

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