Headaches & Jaw Problems at Eyes & Smiles Dental Clinic

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Did you know headaches and jaw problems can be caused by clenching your teeth?

Teeth clenching (bruxism) is common in approximately one third of people and often goes unnoticed until symptoms or pain develops, or a dentist picks up on the signs. Clenching (holding the teeth together for unnaturally long periods) can sometimes be linked to grinding the teeth (also known as Bruxism). Both these actions can cause damage and pain to muscles of the head, neck, shoulder, and mouth.

Negative effects of clenching (bruxism)

  • Headaches
  • Tooth wear & breakage
  • Aching jaw & facial muscles
  • Ear ache
  • Tightness/stiffness of the shoulders
  • Limitation of mouth opening
  • Sleep disruption
  • Tooth wobbliness
  • Inflamed & receding gums

Problems associated with clenching or grinding teeth

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FAQs

What problems can grinding and clenching of teeth cause?

  • Damage to your smile
  • Fractured fillings and teeth
  • Damage to veneers and crowns
  • Failure of dental implants
  • Headaches
  • Jaw and neck pain
  • Increased facial muscle around the jaw.
  • Aging process

Is clenching my teeth unusual?

  • Around 30% of us clench our teeth whilst we sleep.

How do I know if I clench my teeth?
Unless you do it consciously, only your partner or your dentist may be able to tell if you clench or grind your teeth, although sometimes it may go untreated for a long period of time. Some of the symptoms include:

  • Headaches or jaw/neck pain, especially in the morning.
  • Notice of wearing down of your teeth
  • Damage to dental restorations without any apparent reason, e.g. crowns or fillings
  • Tender temple/ jaw muscles
  • Discomfort whilst chewing
  • Jaw makes a clicking sound.

What can I do?
You can do a number of things to help reduce clenching:

  • Your dentist can make you a nightguard to wear when you sleep
  • Decrease stress levels
  • Take prescribed antidepressants or muscle relaxants.

What are the benefits of a nightguard?

  • Nightguards are non-invasive. It is worn at night and will reduce the tensing of jaw muscles and reduce the risk of damaging your teeth further.

Why do patients like to use the nightguards?

  • Low profile
  • Tailor made giving a great fit
  • A soft inner lining to give added comfort
  • Suitable for patients with a deep bite

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