Bruxism, also known as tooth grinding or clenching, is a common problem that affects many of us at different stages throughout our lives.
Teeth grinding is often stress related. Under certain circumstances, an alteration to the occlusion of the teeth (ie. to the bite) after a filling is placed or after a traumatic injury to the jaw joint can cause bruxism and lead to the classic signs and symptoms of this condition.
Sometimes the pain associated with teeth grinding can be confused with wisdom tooth pain. Although tooth grinding /clenching can occur during the day, it usually occurs whilst you are asleep.
The main signs and symptoms of a teeth grinding/clenching problem are:
- Biting surfaces of the teeth becoming flat or worn
- 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 we can offer to alleviate the pain and tooth wear associated with bruxism.
Contact the practice to book an appointment: 020 8840 5651.