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Bruxing – Teeth Grinding and Jaw Clenching

Clenching and grinding teeth can be viewed as physiological, it is so common with probably 80% engaging in this habit at some time.

The habit should be treated when pathology develops. Some common symptoms are:

  • Worn unsightly dentition with loss of vertical dimension, loss of face height, cracked and broken teeth.
  • Clicking and unstable jaw joints.
  • Headaches.

Headaches arising from bruxing are due to spasm in the small muscles of the face and neck. Your brain rarely hurts. Commonly the pain emanates from the temple and over the eyes. A dental appliance can fix it acting as the splint to relax the muscles. The splint may also break the clenching habit.

Clenching can also resolve in aching in the face. This requires a differential diagnosis to ensure there are no problems with the teeth themselves.