TMJ & Bruxism ( Jaw joint pain/ Grinding )
Teeth grinding or clenching is a condition called bruxism and it can cause extensive damage to your teeth, gums and to your jaw joints, potentially leading to a problem called temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ or TMD). This is a disorder that can cause chronic headaches and pain that may extend into your neck and shoulders.
The problem with bruxism is that it is generally a nocturnal habit so you might be unaware you have this condition. Common symptoms of bruxism and TMJ include waking up with a sore and aching jaw or noticing your teeth are sensitive, or are chipped and worn. We can often easily treat this condition by providing a custom-made night guard. This is made from clear plastic and will fit comfortably over your upper or lower teeth, cushioning them and greatly minimising wear