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Jaw pain or Headaches

Teeth clenching or grinding is known as Bruxism and results in overactivity of the jaw muscles, it commonly happens when we sleep. The grinding of teeth and clenching of the jaw can cause tooth wear, breakages, pain, limited movement of the jaw joint (temporomandibular joint disorder), migraines and headaches. The cause is not fully understood, though symptoms often worsen during stressful periods.

 

There are many ways to manage bruxism, the most common treatments are custom-made occlusal splints (night guard). By wearing the nightguard whilst sleeping, they work by separating the teeth and relaxing the jaw muscles, hence alleviating some of these symptoms.