What is Teeth Grinding?

What is Teeth Grinding?

What is Teeth Grinding?

Teeth grinding, also known as ‘bruxism’, occurs when a person grinds or clenches their teeth.

It may seem like the person is chewing but in reality they are not and it usually happens at night time.

Done occasionally, teeth grinding doesn’t pose much harm but if done regularly, it can damage teeth and oral health.

More About Teeth Grinding

  • Causes & solutions
  • How to treat teeth grinding
  • What is involved in teeth grinding?
  • How to reduce the pain
  • The aim of treatment
Causes & solutions
Causes & solutions

Causes & solutions

It is said that the condition may be the result of stress, but an incorrect bite and misaligned teeth can also contribute to teeth grinding.

However, it can be prevented by reducing stress and correcting misaligned teeth through the use of invisalign or 6 month braces.

How to treat teeth grinding
How to treat teeth grinding

How to treat teeth grinding

Relaxants can be used to allow over worked muscles, such as those that play a part in teeth grinding, to relax – as most people clench or grind their teeth at night time, it can be almost impossible to stop grinding any other way.



Once injected, it prevents the jaw muscle from contracting as strongly as it did before.

Tooth wear caused by grinding can be prevented by wearing a night guard ir splint which you need to be fitted up for. This wont however stop the grinding process 

What is involved in teeth grinding?
What is involved in teeth grinding?

What is involved in teeth grinding?

The masseter muscle is quite a strong muscle in your lower jaw that is usually the main muscle involved in teeth grinding.

It can grow to quite a large size when used very frequently, similar to how any other muscle in your body gets bigger if you 

How to reduce the pain
How to reduce the pain

How to reduce the pain

Excessive teeth grinding and clenching not only causes damage to your teeth, with broken fillings and fractures becoming more common, but it can also contribute to jaw, facial and neck pain.

Some very small injections of relaxants can allow the over worked masseter muscle to relax, and shrink back to its normal size.

The effects of this injection wear off after anywhere from 2 – 6 months, where a repeat treatment may be needed.

The aim of treatment
The aim of treatment

The aim of treatment

The aim of treatment is to eventually switch off the grinding habit as during those months of relaxation, your muscle is reducing in strength and size.

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