Bruxism is a common problem that affects many of us at different stages throughout our lives, also known as tooth grinding or clenching. The grinding of teeth is often associated with stress.
Under certain circumstances, a change in the occlusion of the teeth (i.e. to the bite) after a filling is placed or after a traumatic injury to the jaw joint can cause bruxism, leading to the classic signs and symptoms of this condition.
The pain associated with grinding of teeth can sometimes be confused with wisdom tooth pain. Despite the possibility of tooth grinding / clenching during the day, it usually occurs while you are asleep.
The main signs and symptoms of a problem with teeth grinding / clenching are :
- Biting surfaces becoming extra sensitive to cold and sugars
- Tension and tenderness in the muscles surrounding the jaw
- Waking in the morning with a headache or neck or jaw pain
- Disturbed sleep
If you are concerned about any of the above symptoms, please contact the practice, as there are a variety of treatments that we can offer to relieve bruxism-related pain and tooth wear.
Contact the practice to book an appointment: 020 8980 6398.