It’s amazing how many people grind their teeth. This often occurs at night, and many people are unaware that they are clenching or grinding their teeth regularly. The medical term for grinding and clenching of teeth is “bruxism.”
We are seeing more and more bruxism cases where teeth are severely worn down, or are literally ‘cracking’ under the strain, sometimes even in quite young people. Some patients may also experience headaches, jaw soreness and/or neck stiffness especially on waking in the morning, often a result of clenching and/or grinding during the previous night.
What Can Be Done To Protect Teeth From The Effects Of Bruxism?
In order to protect your teeth, Dr Teo may recommend that you have a custom-fitted “night guard” (also called an “occlusal splint”) made. This night guard sits snugly over the chewing surfaces of your teeth. It protects your teeth and fillings from the heavy pressures that can occur during bruxism, and can often help to relieve those aches and pains in the head, neck and/or jaws. There are several types of occlusal splint, each having its own particular use. Dr Teo will advise which type would work best in your situation.