Grinding & Clenching
Teeth Grinding & Clenching
Teeth grinding and clenching are conditions that can lead to gum, teeth, TMJ and jaw damage.
Common Symptoms of Teeth Grinding and Clenching
It is important to work with a dentist to determine the underlying cause and develop the right solution to correct grinding and clenching problems before they worsen. Problems Caused by Grinding and Clenching Your Teeth:
- Tooth sensitivity
- Tooth decay
- Tooth discolouration and premature aging
- Tooth damage
- Jaw pain and damage to the jaw joint
TMJ and Jaw Disorders
Your Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a hinge that connects your jaw to the temporal bones of your skull. It lets you move your jaw up and down and side to side so you can talk, chew and yawn. Problems with your jaw and muscles in your face that control it are known as TMJ disorders.
Common Symptoms include:
- Pain or tenderness in your face and jaw area when you chew, speak or open your mouth wide
- Jaws that get “stuck” or “locked” in the open or closed position
- Clicking, popping or grating sounds when you open or close your mouth or chew
- A tired feeling in your face
- Trouble chewing as if the upper and lower teeth are not fitting together properly
- Swelling on the side of your face
- Chipped or worn teeth
Your dentist may recommend a dental night guard which is custom made to fit your mouth and worn at night to protect your teeth and gums. Your dentist may also offer a mandibular advancement device which is custom made for you and is typically used if sleep apnea is the issue.
Options include nightguard appliances and realigning the teeth with Invisalign to correct the bite. We also offer botox treatment to relax the muscle and prevent further pain and discomfort.