Our Upper and Lower teeth should only come into slight contact when chewing or swallowing. If it is happening any other time, it is called clenching or grinding of the teeth which is also termed as “Bruxism”.
Almost 50% of adults & 30% of children have the clenching or grinding habit. It usually happens at night but can also occur during the day.
Signs & Symptoms Include:
- Wear on the chewing surface of the teeth
- Broken/Cracked teeth or fillings
- Dull headache
- Tender Jaw muscles
- Trouble opening the mouth wide
To prevent the above symptoms an Occlusal Splint (Night Guard) is constructed. This involves taking impressions of the teeth and making a guard for either the top or lower teeth. This guard is then worn nightly to prevent damage.