If you ever wake up in the morning with a sore jaw or headache, you may be clenching and grinding. Grinding is an involuntary movement of the teeth against each other; whereas, clenching is clamping the teeth tightly shut. When the mouth is resting, the top and bottom teeth should not be in contact. Clenching and grinding can commonly occur if you’re busier or more stressed than usual. More commonly people clench and grind at night and can be completely unaware they are doing it.
A splint is a custom acrylic removable guard that sits on the teeth at night. It works by protecting the teeth from wearing down, reduces the amount of force the jaw muscles can make, and opens up the jaw joint to prevent trauma to the joint capsule. Our team has many tips and tricks to help you get used to wearing your splint at night.
If you think you are clenching and grinding, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 02 4324 1181.