Headaches and Bruxism (Teeth Grinding or Clenching)
What is Bruxism?
Bruxism is the medical condition which describes the process by the which the upper and lower teeth are subjected to excessive forces through chronic clenching or grinding habits. It is sometimes referred to as a parafunctional habit or associated with TMJ (jaw joint) pain. Not all patients will experience the symptoms of bruxism but your dentists at Confidental Clinic Surbiton routinely screen for this condition as part of your routine dental examination. A person suffering from bruxism will show different signs depending on whether they are clenching or grinding and some patients may also have both habits. Bruxism can have an effect on the teeth, reduce the life expectancy of any fillings, crowns, bridge and implants and put significant strain on the jaw muscles and jaw joints.
What Are the Symptoms?
Not everyone shows the symptoms and most people do not show every possible symptom but the signs and symptoms of bruxism are as follows:
- Teeth Wear or regular chipping of teeth
- General sensitive teeth or localised gum recession
- Morning Headaches
- Clicking or aching Jaw Joints
- Limited jaw opening
- Migranes and Chronic headaches – with no other cause identified
- Aching jaw muscles
- Jaw or neck pain
What can be done about Bruxism?
A dental splint is the preferred first choice for the management of the symptoms of bruxism and also prevention of further issues. Confidental Clinic Surbiton can provide a wide range of dental splints depending on your specific problems:
Soft Bite Guard – this type of guard is usually given as a standard option which is a cost effective solution to help protect your teeth from further wear. These appliances cover all the teeth in one jaw.
Michagan Splint / Tanner Appliance - this splint also covers all the teeth in one jaw but is made from a more harder wearing acrylic resin. It can also be used as a diagnostic aid to identify any bite issues and gain information when planning extensive cosmetic or restorative dental procedures.
SCI Splints – an SCI splint is the most effective dental splint for the management of the chronic jaw pain, headaches and muscular issues that can arise from bruxism as it helps reduce the intensity of clenching/grinding habit. Over time this should reduce the pain associated with bruxism. Confidental Clinic Surbiton has been able to help chronic headache and migrane suffers to reduce and even eliminate attacks in a short period of time with these revolutionary splints.