Grinding | Clenching

Cosmetic, Dental & Hygiene

Improve | Brighten | Maintain | Smile


Grinding, Clenching

Cosmetic, Dental & Hygiene

Improve | Brighten | Maintain | Smile

Treating dental grinding

Grinding options | At a glance

Worn every night
Active full time
6 visits over time

Top Questions

TMJ disorder overview
What causes jaw pain?
What are the benefits of medical treatments for grinding?
Will I get a prescription?
What is an occlusal splint?
How do I decide what grinding treatment is best for me?

TMJ disorder overview

TMJ Disorder or TMD is caused by the improper function of the temporomandibular joint.

The jaw joint is a ball and socket joint, with a ligament disc between the two parts of the joint. When the joint is not working properly, the disc may be swollen in some areas, and thinned out in others. This leads to non-smooth movement of the joint. Often this is heard as clicking. Long-term swelling can lead to improper, limited or painful movement of the jaw.

Assessment usually involves a full mouth X-ray to visualise the joint, measuring and recording the movement of the jaw, and other tests.

Grinding and jaw pain is often caused by many factors, and needs to be addressed as a team approach, usually involving our local physiotherapist.

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What causes jaw pain?

When we clench or grind, the jaw joint itself is compressed, squashing all the soft tissues. This can lead to:
+ Tooth sensitivity, and damaged and worn teeth
+ Headaches and Migraines
+ Aching or stiffness in the jaw
+ Clicking or popping of your jaw
Once we have assessed your teeth and associated structures, we can treat you with a bite splint, and sometimes this is in conjunction with muscle relaxing injectables.

What is an occlusal splint?

Bite Splints

A bite splint is a hard, thin plate that fits over the upper teeth. It provides a smooth surface that is comfortable to bite on, so that the jaw joint is not under pressure from the tooth position. The joint and disc within it can settle down, relieving swelling, and allowing for normal movement to return. It is usually worn every night to protect the joints and muscles from night-time grinding.

Why a dental prescription for TMJ?

Have you tried a splint and found it difficult to tolerate? Or have you tried everything, but still need help with grinding?

Some patients do not want a splint or physiotherapy treatment, or they may not be suitable. Sometimes the best option for you after a consultation, is a prescription and then treatment by Dr Giulia D'Anna. After undertaking a thorough consultation with you, discussing the best treatment options, both you and Dr D'Anna will devise a plan that suits your condition, budget and desired outcomes. This type of treatment can be advantageous as it requires little daily effort by you!